Regions in eastern Ukraine, where the population is mainly Russian-speaking, have seen protests take place in support of President Viktor Yanukovych with some violent scenes against Maidan supporters. The demonstraters have challenged the legitimacy of the national parliament’s decision to remove him from power.
In Donetsk, a demonstration took place in support of the president. They also reminisced about what they believe to be the great days of the Soviet Union.
Leaders of the pro-Yanukovych regions have said they would be taking control of their territories in a move that could increase the possibility of a split in the country. They have denied that that was their intention.
Speaking on Saturday the Ukrainian president said he was convinced that “the country and the whole world had witnessed a coup d’etat.”