Three very different Ukrainian opposition politicians have taken the lead in the Kyiv protests.
They are former head of the parliament Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the far-right nationalist leader Oleh Tyahniboh and one of the most prominent Ukrainian politicians, Vitali Klitschko, a world champion heavyweight boxer, nicknamed “Dr. Ironfist” who promises to ‘knock out’ the government from power.
Vitali Klitschko told gathered reporters: “People have taken to the streets because they are disappointed because the government keeps changing, and ministers keep changing, but the situation hasn’t changed – the corruption and lawlessness keep getting worse and worse. I am sure that they (the government) can come up with a scapegoat, who will apologise, but the system will remain the same. We have to change the system,” he said.
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On Sunday night, they denounced the violence outside the presidential offices as a stage-managed “provocation” to justify a security clampdown. They urged radical protesters to leave and peaceful protesters to return to the main Independence Square.
The protests were triggered when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych walked away from an Association Agreement offered by the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia.
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