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Ukrainian Opposition Filing Lawsuit Against President

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych
Ukraine's opposition is filing a lawsuit that seeks the official recognition of "crimes committed by President Viktor Yanukovych against the people of Ukraine."

Oleksandr Turchynov, head of the central election headquarters of the united opposition, told journalists on August 20 that 309,711 signatures in support of the lawsuit had been collected as of August 17.

The leader of the Front of Changes party, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, said "the united opposition has filed a lawsuit with the Ukrainian Supreme Administrative Court."

According to Yatsenyuk, the opposition seeks to charge Yanukovych with the "illegal signing of the law on pensions, the code on taxes and the controversial law on languages, the illegal appointment of the cabinet, and imposing pressure on the judges of Ukraine's Constitutional court."

No comment from the presidential office was immediately available.

Based on reporting by UNIAN and Interfax

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