Both sides in Ukraine’s power struggle have upped the anti, threatening each other with prosecution. Backed by demonstrators, President Viktor Yushchenko is refusing to back down from his order for parliament to be dissolved and early elections held. But protesters have also taken to the streets in support of Pro-Moscow Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich who is refusing to accept the order.
Yesterday Yushchenko met the leaders of opposition parties, including former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, sacked after only eight months in office. Afterwards she said groups linked to the so-called “orange revolution” two and a half years ago were pulling together and would support Yushchenko.
Yesterday both the President and the Prime Minister were present at a meeting of the country’s security council, which approved the early elections.