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Thousands Rally Near Residence of Ukraine's Yanukovych

Interior Ministry officers stand guard as European integration supporters hold a rally, with a symbolic coffin seen in the middle, near the residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, outside Kyiv, Dec. 29, 2013.
Interior Ministry officers stand guard as European integration supporters hold a rally, with a symbolic coffin seen in the middle, near the residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, outside Kyiv, Dec. 29, 2013.
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Thousands of anti-government protesters in Ukraine took part in a symbolic funeral of President Viktor Yanukovych on Sunday near his private residence outside the capital Kyiv.
 
Protesters carried a coffin along the street leading to Yanukovych but were stopped riot police blocking the road.
 
“I've been standing at Euro-Maidan (referring to Independence Square in central Kyiv) for a month and I see that our president does not hear what we say. That's why I think it was worth coming here to show him how many people are against his actions, against what's happening in our country. One cannot live in the country where people are beaten, where people are humiliated. I'm proud that today hundreds and thousands of conscious, adequate, well-behaved people came here to express their opinion,” said Olga Lukyanets, a protester.
 
Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko and Oleh Tyahnybok, who earlier addressed tens of thousands of people gathered on Kyiv's Independence square, joined protesters near the presidential residence.
 
European integration supporters head to a rally near the residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, outside Kyiv, Dec. 29, 2013.European integration supporters head to a rally near the residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, outside Kyiv, Dec. 29, 2013.
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European integration supporters head to a rally near the residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, outside Kyiv, Dec. 29, 2013.
European integration supporters head to a rally near the residence of Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych, outside Kyiv, Dec. 29, 2013.
“We are confident that we have to change the system and we need to start from the election of the president. Early elections, yes?” asked Vitaly Klitschko addressing the rally, and heard back a loud “yes”.
 
“This gang has to know that Ukrainians will not stop. The more repression they use against the Ukrainian people - the stronger will be the reaction of the Ukrainian society, because we have nowhere to retreat. This is our land!”, said Oleh Tyahnybok as he addressed the protest.
 
Sunday's protests were called following an attack on an opposition activist and investigative journalist Tetyana Chornovil.
 
Chornovil, 34, was chased down by a car and beaten shortly after midnight on Wednesday, hours after posting pictures on her blog of a country home she said belonged to Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko.
 
The attack threatened to breathe new life into more than a month of opposition protests in Kyiv over a decision by the government in November to spurn a landmark pact on closer ties with the European Union and turn instead to former Soviet master Moscow.
 
However, turnout at rallies has diminished over successive weekends from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands.

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by: Nick from: USA
December 31, 2013 10:56 AM
Russia is only rich around Moscow and maybe Saint Petersburg. Soviet Union and the Tzars created a mindset where people think like slaves. We need a government that is by the people, not by sham elections. Ukraine suffers from self inflicted mismanagemnt which is a legacy of Russia. The only thing Russia has to offer is more poverty and corruption. Those who are against Euro integration are hypocrites, because Russian billionaires stash their money in EU not Russia itself


by: Igor from: Russia
December 29, 2013 10:30 PM
Those stupid protestors must bear in mind that only political stability will bring more foreign investors to Ukraine and by that way will boost the country economy. They should be united behind their lawfully elected president, Mr.Viktor Yanukovych rather than eating the bait of some western countries to turn their country into a hell.

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by: Gleb from: United States
December 30, 2013 8:01 PM
Andrew, ti govorish "you russians" WE ARE ALL SAME EAST SLAVIC PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!

Russians, Ruthenians(Ukrainians), BelaRUSSIANS, RUSYNI

WE are RUS', East Slavic Culture

You are a European nation? So is Belarus, Russia, Switzerland, Norway, but are they in the EU??? No. You dont have to be in EU to be European...

Grow up, if you don't like Ukraine get out. You are traitor of Eastern Slav people.

You don't like Communism? You think you are the only one? Communism is done with, now you want to betray your own people also?

Next thing you will be wanting to oust Yanukovich. Is that even Democracy? Maybe you should go help the facist-nazi "svoboda" party. The EU want to take your land, make materialism your god, and destroy your people.

Its not just "paranoia", its obvious as can be. Real change must come from within, not from atlantic slavery..

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by: Andrew from: Ukraine
December 30, 2013 1:44 PM
Were not stupid protestors you Russians made Ukraine suffer enough. Your country has made us more corrupt, with your soviet old rules and laws coming into affect in Ukraine. We are a European Nation not a Communist country like Russia. We don't want to be under Russia anymore.

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