22 Jan '11, 10pm

Thousands denounce Ukraine president

Thousands denounce Ukraine president

KIEV: Thousands of supporters of Ukraine's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko massed in downtown Kiev Saturday to denounce her arch rival, President Viktor Yanukovych, accusing him of being a Russian stooge. Some 6,000 protesters gathered in St Sophie square, answering a call by several opposition parties to mark the 92nd anniversary of the reunification of east and west Ukraine, according to an AFP correspondent at the scene. Many carried banners calling for the dismissal of both Yanukovych and his Prime Minister Mykola Azaro. Tymoshenko herself asked the crowds: "Are you ready to take to the streets?" before being greeted by resounding cries of "Yes". "Those who are in power take their orders from the Kremlin," Dmytro Pavlytchko, a well-known poet, told the gathering. Ukraine, a former Soviet republic, is deeply divided between the largely nationalist west and the tr...

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