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Opposition leaders have called for massive protests and a general strike to challenge Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's decision not to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.

December 01, 2013

Protesters clash with riot policemen outside the Ukrainian President's office in Kyiv.
Protesters clash with riot policemen outside the Ukrainian President's office in Kyiv.

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22:33
December 04, 2013
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17:04
December 04, 2013
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Marching to the General Prosecutor's Office, about an hour ago. Protesters have been seen at government buildings throughout the city today. 

17:00
December 04, 2013
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16:15
December 04, 2013
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Vitali Kltischko made a surprise appearance at the Party of Regions rally in Kyiv today. He asks a women if she had seen the injuries suffered by protesters at the hands of police on television and then, trying to make her sympathize, asks if she has her own children. She doesn't. 

Most of the Party of Regions' protesters are less interested in Klitschko's political views though, than getting their pictures taken with him. 


15:44
December 04, 2013
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Via our Ukrainian Service, first aid training inside the occupied city administration building. 

 
15:12
December 04, 2013
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Several of the people who were allegedly involved in violence during December 30 protests by the presidential administration building are in a Kyiv court. A large gathering of protesters has gathered outside. A livestream from outside the courthouse, via our Ukrainian service, is available here

14:36
December 04, 2013
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A brief morning update, via social media. 




The tweet says, "This is not a contemporary art exhibition, this is a revolution." 







Party of Regions gathering in the Russia-friendly Eastern city of Donetsk. 


The Klitschko brothers have begun posting selifes. 

14:31
December 04, 2013
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Wednesday -- Baring major events, we will be providing only limited updates on the live blog today. 

Tuesday wrap-up (final post for the evening)

-- Early in the day, the Ukrainian parliament voted against holding a vote of no confidence in the government. They needed 226 votes, but only came up with 186.   

-- Angry crowds chanted "shame" outside the parliament. By late afternoon, Independence Square had swelled to at least 10,000 protesters again and the leaders of the three main opposition parties led a crowd of thousands to the presidential administration building. Most, including the opposition leaders returned to Independence Square. 

-- Ukrainian Prime Minister Azarov, who survived a potential no-confidence vote this morning, apologized for violence against protesters, but also harshly condemned the continuing demonstrations and the occupation of government buildings. He said the actions are "unconstitutional" and "illegal." 

-- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has arrived in China to begin a three day visit, which will be followed by a trip to Russia. Still, he has promised he remains committed to EU integration. 

-- Until late November, Yanukovych had said he intended to sign a pact with Europe, but backed out after pressure from Moscow. He also refused to allow former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave prison for medical care in Germany -- a key European demand. 

-- The encampment in Independence Square remains, with barricades meant to protect it from riot police continuing to grow and crowds of protesters camping out overnight. The city administration building and the trade union building are still occupied. 

Glenn Kates
22:37
December 03, 2013
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Via Daisy Sindelar:

More dissent among the ranks. According to the "Leviy Bereg" news site -- which was filing updates on Facebook following its lv.ua site crash -- Party of Regions deputy and Yanukovych ally Hanna Herman minced few words while discussing the failure of Ukraine's education minister, Dmytro Tabachnyk, to subdue student protesters. Speaking on ICTV, she said: "If Ukraine had a normal education minister, one who had the respect of the people, then he would have gone out and explained to the students why the EU agreement wasn't signed. And then relations would have been different. But really, could Tabachnik ever go out to the people? They'll spit on him."
22:27
December 03, 2013
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Tom Balmforth describes the scene inside the city administration building, which includes volunteer doctors, political party paraphernalia and lots of tea. 

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by: Ivo Cerckel from: Siquijor, Philippines
December 01, 2013 10:13
If the United Kingdom of Northern Ireland and Great Britain votes in its 2017 referendum to leave the EU
after Scotland votes in another referendum in 2014 to leave the said UK and stay within the EU (1),
what will Ukraine do?

The euro is the first currency that has not only severed its link to gold, but also its link to the nation-state, said ECB president Duisenberg.. (2)

NOTES

(1)
Spain will oppose this Scottish EU membership out of fear that Catalonia might follow suit.

(2)
International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for 2002
Acceptance speech by Dr Willem F. Duisenberg,
President of the European Central Bank,
Aachen, 9 May 2002
http://www.ecb.int/press/key/date/2002/html/sp020509.en.html
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by: Taras Bulba from: Free Ukraine
December 01, 2013 19:02
What will the Ukraine do??? It will free itself from its soviet-russian bear neighbour,that`s what!!! This is the end of russian misrule and we all feel sorry for putanin who may drown its sorrow in samogon along with its eugenio and jack type svoloch.Now its the turn of russians to do the same ,but it will be very hard to wake the tribe from its self-induced slumber.The russians are not fit for democracy yet-all they need is more vodka,selyodka and Natashkas!!!
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by: john from: ireland
December 03, 2013 06:39

The meaning of “democracy” is MOB RULE!! (THE 51%winner! ) you are all forcing dictators on the 49% so now you are all dictators!, no better than a government if you want a goal understand that you will never be free, when you believe that the next RULER!! can save you , they can ONLY ENSLAVE YOU so enjoy your fight, right into your friendly eu tax MASTERS
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by: David
December 02, 2013 10:51
Ivo, if you just clarified in which esoteric way your comment is somehow related to Ukraine's plight, we would all be thankful. Please don't mention UFOs when replying.
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by: Ivo Cerckel from: Siquijor, Philippines
December 03, 2013 00:00
David,

Vitali Klitschko, leader opposition party UDA, said yesterday Monday on the BBC World Service radio that Ukraine ONLY wants to be European because Brussels has a higher standard of living than Moscow.

No ideas, only (historical) materialism?
Poverty is the only plight of Ukraine?

Good luck!

by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 01, 2013 21:58
Let say third part of protestors were instigated by pro-Germans,
Scaring Western and some other Ukrainians by reprisals,
Coming after Russians will again be their occupiers.
Let say a third of protesters were instigated too,
East Ukrainians, the "Golodomor" descendants,
Expecting Russia again will starve them through.
Let say the rest don't understand leaders intentions,
Yanukovich and Putin kissing, like they secretly conspired
And all of the above are patriots, anticipating Evil Empire back.
________________________________________________
IS IT PEOPLE'S FAULT? FOR EXPRESSING THEIR WILL?
WHY YANUKOVICH GOVERNMENT DIDN'T SPEEK OUT?
IS RETURNING EVIL EMPIRE WISPERING IN SILENCE,
BUT OPRESSING BY FORCE FOR RUSSIAN VARAG?
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By the way, answering to Serckel, Scotland is no example
Of bad EU, but German instigation through local Germans,
Settled once in Scotland by the German Cousin's Emperor,
Doing the same they trying among the Western Ukrainians.
In both cases people have rights, express will and opinions,
But one must also understand divisive plot of imperial "vors".


by: Ivo Cerckel from: Siquijor, Philippines
December 02, 2013 02:23
In Thailand, the middle classes are demonstrating against the sheeple electing (corrupt) politicians.

In Ukraine, the sheeple are demonstrating for guv’mint to respect their will.

Whereas Bangkok attacks universal voting rights, Kiev wants them respected.
Wait until the European Parliament elections next June!

The meaning of “democracy” depends on the speaker.

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 02, 2013 11:45
Interesting to see how those German agents - such as Klitschko - who are demonstrating on the streets of Kiev today are so keen to make the Ukrainian parliament adopt the Constitution of 2004 which is famous for having plunged the country into a permanent state of political crisis so characteristic of the period between 2005 and 2010.
And the only purpose of this action is of course to turn the Ukraine into a German colony similar to today's Greece or Portugal that would then allow the Germans to loot the Ukrainians the same way they are doing now with the Greeks, the Spaniards or the Portugese.
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by: Parvus from: Hell
December 02, 2013 15:42
Well,the german agent Klitschko cant be compared to the greatest german agent of them all-vladimir ilych ulyanov,v. d. who was presented with a train-load of money by them bloody capitalists to go and make a `revolution`in Russia,so that svolotches like eugenio and jack can drink themselves to the fiery furnace and beyond!!!

by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 02, 2013 12:19
VIDEO: Future cell-neighbourgs of Julia Timoschenko clash with riot police on the streets of Kiev - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C6v1hfR_00&feature=youtube_gdata_player
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by: David
December 02, 2013 13:20
If I was RFE/RL, I would reconsider opening these stories to comments. No further proof needed.

by: Jack from: US
December 02, 2013 17:07
the Ukraine is bankrupt and hopeless. It does not matter which way it goes. If Putin "wins" it means Russian taxpayers will have to subsidize the Ukraine. If Putin "loses", EU taxpayers will have to pay
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
December 02, 2013 20:56
Hi Jack, I do not quite agree with you on this one: the South and East of the Ukraine are of primary strategic importance for the Russian Federation. Particularly the Crimean Peninsula - it is no coincidence that the Western powers twice tried to expell the Russian military from this territory: first FR and the UK during the Crimean War of the 1850s and then DE during the Second World War.
If Russia lets the Southern Ukraine go, the Beavuses will come the day after in order to install their naval bases in Sevastopol and Balaklava. So, I think Putin is quite right when he defends the right of the population of this region to choose their own destiny and not to blindly follow the cheap EU and US propaganda.
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by: Konstantin from: Los Angeles
December 02, 2013 22:50
No valid World nation like Ukraine is legitimately bankrupt.
It is a breach of agreement, former USSR, lead by Russia,
That preceded transformation of USSR into CIS in 1990-th.
Agreement was to bring-up 2-d and 3-d worlds economies
To so-called "capitalists" trade standards - not for "Prussia"
And "Russia" use it as prohibition on trade to divide Europe!

It's what Russia, Germany and Austria are doing, even Brits,
Lured too since 1954 by Russia (resurrect colonial empires),
Are not too supportive of dividing Europe by Russia and EU,
Controlled by Germans, and energy blockade to brake USA,
As USA democracy resist to such division - even Brits too
Controlled by pipelines Russia staffing into their "vuala".

Now, Ukraine and the rest of the World can just modify
Their internal and external trade that looks "capitalistic",
But sabotaged by very proponents of it, Russian Blides,
Pirating along with Germans - to a degree of just trades.
If it's what Ukraine is testing. You are bankrupt Jack-ass.




by: Kolyada from: Kyiv
December 05, 2013 09:13
"Serhiy Kolyada got in hot water with Kyiv's art establishment with his ballpoint-on-construction paper productions, portraying Kyiv as a melancholy zone of shadows. Check out his Web site (www.kolyada.com) to see his nude or semi-nude women depicted against shadowy backgrounds of corporate slogans.It's art as social commentary: gutsy reflections on money, power and gender issues in Ukraine." ( "50 Great Things About Kyiv" KYIV POST, Oct 20, 2004)

"...Serhiy Kolyada's politically infused ballpoint pen drawings have left him virtually ignored by galleries in his home country of Ukraine. Publicity comes mostly through English language media and a majority of sales to foreign clients via private viewings and online galleries... Kolyada works in black ballpoint, using other mediums and collage occasionally to add color. In 2006, religious themes and "the mystical side of life" became subjects of interest to the artist..."
("Ballpoint pen artwork", WIKIPEDIA)

by: Ptolemy from: Ukraine
December 14, 2013 18:26
An interesting book which will give a real insight into Ukraine is called, Among the Ukrainians. I recommend it to all who want to better understand the country.

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