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Ukraine's opposition leaders provide political focus for pro-EU protests

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Ukraine's opposition leaders provide political focus for pro-EU protests


Ukraine’s political opposition leaders joined the sea of blue and gold in Kyiv’s main square on Friday.

Returning from the EU summit in Vilnius, they said that President Viktor Yanukovych had ‘stolen the dream’ of closer integration with Europe.

Vitaly Klichko, a Ukrainian professional boxer, told euronews:
“Everybody is disappointed because we can not lose our dream and we want that after that [missed signature] government must resign and president too. The people call for that.”

Some huddled around oil barrels wiping away tears. Window frames and crates were being burned to keep protesters warm.

The 2004 Eurovision song contest winner, Roslana, said
“I don’t believe in Yanukovych, I believe in Ukrainian people. We can change our country.”

The presidents decision to walk away from the EU deal was for many a missed opportunity.

Euronews correspondent Sergio Cantone said: “With the leaders of the opposition back from Vilnius, the demonstrators have a clearer political focus. So the polarisation between pro-EU and anti-EU will be the main topic of the upcoming presidential election campaign, likely to start in the first half of 2014.”

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