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Dec 2, 2013

Ukraine president turns his back on turmoil, heads for China

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich is set to head for China on Tuesday, leaving a country plunged into crisis by his decision to forego a free trade deal with Europe under pressure from Russia.

With pro-Europe demonstrators blockading the government’s main building in Kiev, their allies in parliament called for a vote of no confidence in the cabinet on Tuesday over what they say is a lurch back towards Soviet-style rule from Moscow.

Dec 1, 2013

Ukrainians hold mass rally over Yanukovich’s U-turn on Europe

KIEV (Reuters) – More than 100,000 Ukrainians, waving flags and chanting “Down with the Gang!” streamed through central Kiev on Sunday to protest against what they called President Viktor Yanukovich’s broken promises to integrate with the European Union.

The opposition rally, by far the biggest seen in the Ukrainian capital since the Orange Revolution nine years ago, came a day after a police crackdown on protesters which inflamed demonstrators further after Yanukovich’s U-turn on Europe.

Dec 1, 2013

Ukraine police smash pro-Europe protest, opposition to call strike

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s political opposition said on Saturday it would call a general strike to force the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich’s government after police used batons and stun grenades to break up pro-Europe protests.

Some 10,000 protesters regrouped in Kiev, flooding a square outside a church. They waved the blue and gold EU flag and chanted ‘Revolution’ and ‘Down with the gang’.

Nov 30, 2013

Ukraine police break up pro-Europe protests, opposition calls for strike

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s political opposition on Saturday said it would call a country-wide general strike to force the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich’s government after police used batons and stun grenades to break up pro-Europe protests.

Helmeted police bearing white shields stormed an encampment of protesters in Kiev’s Independence Square as they sang songs and warmed themselves by campfires, the opposition said.

Nov 30, 2013

Ukrainian protesters find refuge from police in Kiev monastery

KIEV (Reuters) – Around 100 Ukrainian pro-EU protesters took refuge from police batons and biting cold on Saturday inside the walls of a central Kiev monastery.

With a barricade of benches pushed up against a gate to keep police out, protesters – who had rallied against President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision to reject a pact with the European Union – checked their wounds in the pre-dawn light.

Nov 30, 2013

Ukraine riot police break up pro-Europe protests

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian riot police used batons and stun grenades to disperse hundreds of pro-Europe protesters early on Saturday after a night of violence in Kiev following President Viktor Yanukovich’s decision not to sign a landmark pact with Europe.

Black-helmeted police moved in on protesters camped on the capital’s Independence Square, first firing grenades to disorient them and then wading in with batons, witnesses said. Police units chased several protesters into side-streets.

Nov 29, 2013

Ukrainian opposition accuses Yanukovich of stealing EU dream

KIEV, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s political opposition said
on Friday that President Viktor Yanukovich had ‘stolen the
dream’ of closer integration with Europe as his supporters
hailed his decision to spurn an EU free trade deal.

In a sea of blue and gold, the colours of both the EU and
Ukrainian flags, some 10,000 protesters chanted “Ukraine is
Europe” in Independence Square, the theatre of the Orange
Revolution of 2004-5 that thwarted Yanukovich’s first
presidential bid.

Nov 29, 2013

Jeers and cheers in Kiev’s streets as Yanukovich spurns EU deal

KIEV, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor
Yanukovich’s decision to walk away from a deal that would have
aligned his former Soviet republic more closely with the
European Union sparked both anger and applause on the streets of
Kiev on Friday.

A sea of blue and gold, the colours of both the EU and
Ukrainian flags, swept through the capital as people joined
rival protests – one to celebrate closer ties with Russia,
another to lament what they saw as a lost chance.

Nov 27, 2013

Ukraine president tells EU to keep off Tymoshenko case

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said the European Union should stop meddling in the fate of his rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and that her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with Europe.

Pouring scorn on the woman who helped engineer the 2004-5 Orange Revolution that thwarted his first bid at the presidency, Yanukovich said she was part of a ring of criminals and that her fate should lie in the hands of Ukrainian judges.

Nov 27, 2013

Ukraine’s Yanukovich says EU should stop meddling over Tymoshenko

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said the European Union should stop meddling in the fate of his rival former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, and said her imprisonment should not hinder Kiev’s integration with Europe.

Pouring scorn on the woman who helped engineer the 2004 Orange Revolution that thwarted his first bid at the presidency, Yanukovich said she was part of a ring of criminals and that her fate should lie in the hands of Ukrainian judges.

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