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Ukraine Opposition Willing to Continue Talks

Anti-government protesters stand at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice in central Kyiv, Jan. 27, 2014.
Anti-government protesters stand at the entrance of the Ministry of Justice in central Kyiv, Jan. 27, 2014.
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— Ukraine’s main opposition parties say they are prepared to continue talks with President Viktor Yanukovych in order to prevent an escalation of violence and further bloodshed.

The opposition warned in a statement, however, that protesters' patience could “snap” at any moment. It also claimed it had information that a decree ordering a state of emergency and and the dispersal of demonstrators in the capital Kyiv had been prepared by the Yanukovych administration.

Earlier Monday, Ukrainian Justice Minister Olena Lukash threatened to declare a state of emergency if protesters did not leave the justice ministry in Kyiv, which they seized late Sunday.

Following Lukash’s comments, though, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said the government was not considering introducing a state of emergency.

  • An opposition supporter looks on as he warms himself next to a fire in a barricade near Kyiv's Independence Square, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters march in central Kyiv, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters march in central Kyiv, Jan. 31, 2014.
  • An opposition supporter stands next to a burning tire at a barricade in central Kyiv, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Riot police stand in a cordon facing anti-government protesters as temperatures stand at minus 20 degrees Celsius at a barricade near Independence Square in Kyiv, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Anti-government protesters walk in the tent city at Independence Square in Kyiv, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Protesters, with signs reading "Mother" on their chests, and ""The government don't kill our children," walk away from a police cordon in central Kyiv, Jan. 30, 2014.
  • Members of various anti-government paramilitary groups walk in formation during a show of force in Kyiv, Jan. 29, 2014. 
  • Members of various anti-government paramilitary groups attend a religious service at a chapel in Kyiv, Jan. 29, 2014. 
  • A protest camp in Independence Square, Kyiv, Jan. 28, 2014. (H. Ridgwell/VOA)
  • Protest camps in Independence Square, Kyiv, Jan. 28, 2013. (H. Ridgwell/VOA)

Opposition leaders say Yanukovych's offer to name protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk of the Fatherland Party as prime minister, and former boxing champion and leader of the UDAR party, Vitaly Klitschko, his deputy, is not enough to end the demonstrations, which are spreading eastward into parts of Ukraine considered loyal to the president.

Protests against Yanukovych and clashes between demonstrators and police have been reported Sunday in the central and eastern Ukrainian cities of Cherkasy, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhya, among others.

Opposition supporters have seized regional government headquarters in 10 of Ukraine's 25 regions.

Marchers took to the streets in late November, after Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties to Russia.

James Brooke

A foreign correspondent who has reported from five continents, Brooke, known universally as Jim, is the Voice of America bureau chief for Russia and former Soviet Union countries. From his base in Moscow, Jim roams Russia and Russia’s southern neighbors.

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by: Hong Ha from: Vietnam
January 27, 2014 3:16 AM
I am a Vietnamese. The people of Russia and the people of Ukraine are good friends of Vietnamese people. They both helped Vietnam a lot during war and peace. They helped us to win the wars against the foreign invaders. I am very sad that some bad people are making them become enemies. All those who forget the past will meet misfortune in the future!


by: Huang Jun from: China
January 27, 2014 3:01 AM
Hey the boxer, Do keep in mind that turning back on a great friend and make them your enemy will bring disaster to your country. And the disaster will come very soon.


by: Igor from: Russia
January 27, 2014 2:57 AM
To: Sergei from Canada, Masta Marina from Finland, Vasily from Ukraine. The so-called "revolution" is similar to the "Orange Revolution", which will bring no good to your people exept chaos and poverty. Ukraine is Ucraine. Ucraine is not a Western country. So do not fool yourselves that you will become a Westerner one day. The boxer may be good at boxing but he may be a poor and stupid leader which may lead you to hell. Do you have any experiences from the Orange Revolution? Do you think you do not need Russia, a great neighbour? You will feel the great pain that no Western country can relieve it! The relation between Russia and Ukraine is friendship. keep in mind the western countries will never give you anything for free. And their brutal has been proved by history.


by: Peter from: USA
January 27, 2014 1:10 AM
WOW... Vasily!!! POWERFUL...!!! you are like an Oracle from behind the Iron Curtain... Barroso the bloated Portuguese scumbag... the deformed fetid corruption "baroness" Ashton (LOL)... yeah, i know what you mean... the British incestuous diseased "class" system... the putrefied political corruption that they have there. Subverting our sanctions against Iran, were they..?? - well, let me tell you, this is not going to be swept under the rug...


by: Igor from: Russia
January 26, 2014 11:13 PM
Dear Mr. Viktor Yanukovych, I think you have 2 choices to select: Either using your power to stop those demonstrators by force or resigning from office. If you select the first choice, you will bring your country in order again but you will be blamed as a dictator by some Western countries. If you selected the second choice, you should leave your office to the hand of a stupid but crazy boxer to allow a second Orange revolution, which would brought your country into a chaostic situation. Be brave, Mr. President!

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by: ZHI WU from: China
January 27, 2014 3:20 AM
Russia should leave Ukaine alone without energy and the protestors will in turn eating each other like animals.

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by: Sergei from: Canada
January 27, 2014 12:44 AM
Dr. Mr. Igor from Russia. Ukraine would rather have an ex boxer than an ex-convict which rigs elections; beats, tortures, and murders his own people. If you like him so much you can keep him and his crime syndicate. Oh and tell your president Mr. Putin to stay the hell out of Ukraine. Clearly Russia is such a nice neighbor that no one wants anything to do with it... except brutal dictators who oppress their own people like Lukashenko and Bashir Al Assad.

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by: Dr. Masta Marina from: Finland
January 26, 2014 11:48 PM
Igor, you sound like an ordinary stupid Russian.

Vasily, count me among your admirers...!!! I love to read your comments.


by: Vasily from: Ukraine
January 26, 2014 6:51 PM
To all our American friends, Greetings.
and I should add - welcome to the revolution. This is a revolution, and like all revolutions before it... some will survive it, and some will be consumed by it. Those who will survive it will write lurid stories about it like "honest Abe" and "Washington crossing the Delaware.." or even the 1688 "Glorious Revolution..." However, the real truth of it is ugly, smelly, cold and disgusting. But it must happen. the elements that you see simmering before you have been in place for decades... the brutality and injustice the rapes and humiliations - the drug processing factories, prostitution rings, the murder groups... tentacles of corruption that reach to the highest echelons of European degeneracy... but we must cross this valley of death. The levels of decay and putrefaction must be exposed to be healed. - here is my advice to you - Americans - don't come here if you don't have local connections. Americans are trusting people, you will not know who to trust here. We have lived under Communism brutality the like of which you can only see in surrealistic nightmares. We are not "loving" people. We are not "welcoming" people. Americans can be very easily misled here. "socialism" is not the rosy garden you were led to believe... Besides, the superficial "Western" media coverage of what actually occurs here is appallingly trivial. - for start, there is no "opposition" here - there is no power base to those idiots you interview on your silly CNN or MSNBC. these idiots are part of the problem we try to cleanse... a boxing imbecile who can't form two sentences that make sense together is not our "leader" and neither are the other two degenerates scumbags you plaster on your websites...
Look, the real leaders here are emerging... you will know about them when Putin will try to kill them... got that?
In the mean time, we are advancing, our ranks are growing. Large sectors of the country are firmly in our hands... so much documentations that will put into such shameful disgrace the corrupt European degenerate J.M. Barroso and the English revolting chinless deformity Ashton... the collusive subversion of the US sanctions on Iran... we have it all...

Now, some of you called me stupid and a liar... Stupid, I may be... I was born here, my family is here, my grandpa was "hero of the soviet union..." yes, I traveled the world, yet, it could be that i don't know what is going on around me... it could be... but i am no liar... and I will not deceive you. I lived with an American family for three months... contrary to universal assumptions - they did not have much - yet they welcomed me with the warmth and generosity that is alien here - I am ashamed to say. I will not lie to you. I may be mistaken about what i saw and do see... but i will not lie to you.

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by: Adam Burk from: NYC
January 27, 2014 12:00 AM
Vasily, you s.o.b. you bring tears to my eyes.!!
God bless you, I pray your revolution will carry you to the Promised Land. and even if it doesn't - you made an old man cry...!!!

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