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Kiev Anti-Government Protest Draws 100,000



KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - About 100,000 demonstrators are gathering in the center of the Ukrainian capital to demand the ouster of the president and government, as mass anti-government protests enter their second month.

The rallies that have turned Kiev into a giant protest encampment were sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision last month to choose ties with Russia over the West. After dozens were injured in violent police crackdown on a peaceful rally, the protests turned against Yanukovych himself.

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urged the crowd on Sunday to spend the New Year and the following weeks on Kiev's Independence Square to force Yanukovych into early presidential and parliamentary elections. Other leaders are announcing plans to transform the protests into a nationwide civic movement.

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xbeljan December 23 2013 at 1:05 AM

Why EU did not give 15 bilion doll. of credits and 30 % discount on gas prices,
instead good wishies.

No they told to Ukrainians "EU dors are open for you"

and "survive if you can" How?

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mp935 December 23 2013 at 12:37 AM

With a crowd of 100,000 it’s clear that the people of Ukraine are passionate about their future and motivated to make their lives better. Most people I know here in the USA wouldn't bother with the inconvenience. They'd rather watch the event from their couches in the confines of their living rooms.
My girlfriend is Ukrainian and is a Postdoc working in the USA with a green card. The day the protesters were beaten by the riot police she decided that she needed to go to Kiev to join the cause. She’s been gone for two weeks now and tells me that there are gatherings at the Mayan every day. She says the people she has met at these protests are very friendly, organized and are from all over the world.
She returns to the USA tomorrow and I’m anxious to see the pictures and hear about her experiences. This is history in the making for the Ukraine and I hope they can exercise diplomacy peacefully and influence their parliament to act in the peoples behalf.

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Welcome King December 22 2013 at 9:54 PM

Hopefully the Ukraine will deal with this the right way,and not violence.

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dahmady December 22 2013 at 9:35 PM

They are dumb, if they carry Cross of Jesus Chris !!
Religion screw every where and they want be like Republicans ( New American Taliban ) ! ...lol
We called them ( New Kiev Taliban ) !!!

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stimpy58 December 22 2013 at 9:07 PM

Wow this is what we need to do in the United States to get our legislators off their butts and work for the people or we will demand NEW elections immediately and kick them OUT.

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marksatt December 22 2013 at 9:07 PM

Given the Ukraine's past suffering under the Russians, I can't imagine why they would want any relations with them. God bless and protect those protestors.

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DONNA December 22 2013 at 10:08 PM

As a full blooded ukrainian I wish everyone would stop referring to Ukraine as THE Ukraine......I am Ukrainian and I come from Ukraine!

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Rick December 22 2013 at 10:53 PM

They bought their politicians, excuse me corrupt politicians.

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charmaine December 22 2013 at 8:42 PM

Let there be peace on earth and in Kiev

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palitzca December 22 2013 at 8:18 PM

my roots from ukrain i agree to one thing it part of eroupe rushia also part of eroupe they need to get that on their head

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smokyjerry December 22 2013 at 8:07 PM

putin is a terorist. Putting pressure on Ukraine by doubling oil and gas prices. He needs this coun try to prosper but people will have no part of this jerk

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Carl W. December 22 2013 at 7:54 PM

Hooray for the protester.......God help & protect them !!!

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