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Anger amongst protesters in Ukraine after opposition leaders sign peace pact


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Anger amongst protesters in Ukraine after opposition leaders sign peace pact

There’s anger amongst anti-government protesters in Ukraine’s capital Kyiv at the decision by opposition leaders to sign a peace pact with the president.

Ignoring their leaders, some threatened that if President Yanukovych didn’t resign, they would take up arms against him.

“We are members of Maidan self-defence,” said one protester who had climbed onto the stage in Kyiv’s Independence Square and taken the microphone, “and we want to tell you that we are simple people addressing our politicians who are standing behind me. We don’t want Yanukovych or any agreements with him, tomorrow by 10am he must be gone. And if you are not going to put forward a concrete demand that Yanukovych goes before 10am, we are going to storm his office using our weapons tomorrow. I swear.”

Boxer-turned-opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko was booed by the crowds for shaking hands with the president.

Opposition leaders hope they have averted more bloodshed by reaching an agreement which will see elections held before the end of the year.

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