In scenes reminiscent of the Orange Revolution, hundreds of people have set up camp in Kiev’s Independence Square. But these are the supporters of Ukraine’s Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich; it is a show of defiance against a presidential decree dissolving parliament and calling for fresh elections.
“We are here to show our support, and to show that the majority of Ukrainians back our Government and our parliament over this,” said one man.
“I am here because I want to have stability in the country, let the government work and have a chance to bring stability,” said another.
Ukraine’s leaders have held face-to-face talks in an effort to end the power struggle that is threatening to plunge the country into a constitutional crisis.
Pro-Western President Viktor Yuschenko told pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich to submit to his order. But Yanukovich refused and said he would continue with negotiations.
His allies in Parliament, meanwhile, have asked the Constitutional Court to strike down the decree. A decision is expected within five days.