14 January, 2014 16:00 ▪
The Wall Street Journal: Ukraine Antigovernment Protests Revived
“Antigovernment protests in Ukraine sparked back to life on Sunday as tens of thousands gathered in central Kiev, fueled by the beating by riot police of demonstrators including former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko, now a protest leader,” The WSJ says.
Numbers had dwindled over the Christmas and New Year holidays at protests against President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of an integration pact with the European Union in favor of a deal with Russia. But demonstrators on Sunday flooded Kiev's main square, known as the Maidan, where hundreds of activists have been camped for several weeks behind makeshift barricades.
“The spike in numbers at the protest showed the resilience of a movement with broad aims, including the ouster of Mr. Yanukovych and the punishment of police and officials allegedly involved in crackdowns on protests, which began Nov. 21.,” The WSJ reports.
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- Yanukovych is in Russia and may be granted asylum there
- Financial Times: Russia-Ukraine tensions seethe in Crimea
- German, French and Polish ministers come to the Verkhovna Rada
- Radoslaw Sikorski: There is no coup in Ukraine
- Yuriy Lutsenko injuired by Berkut during clashes in front of the Kyiv Sviatoshyn District Court
- Ukrainian diaspora in US called on Obama administration to impose sanctions against Ukrainian authorities
- Oppositional MP and an activist were assaulted outside Kiev police station
- World academics and intellectuals call on support of Ukrainians on the Maidan
- Joschka Fischer: if Ukraine loses its independence in one way or another, European security will be at risk