Thousands protest outside Ukraine President's residence
NOVI PETRIVTSI, Ukraine (AFP) - Thousands of Ukrainians on Sunday for the first time staged a major protest outside the private residence of President Viktor Yanukovych, which has become a symbol of alleged corruption by the elite.
The protesters had made their way to Mr Yanukovych's Mezhygirya residence on the banks of the Dnipro river some 15km outside of Kiev by bicycle, car and minibuses adorned with Ukrainian flags, an AFP correspondent at the scene said.
They were kept at a distance of around 300m from the heavily guarded residence by a vast cordon of anti-riot officers who blocked the path of the protesters with police buses and trucks.
The protesters carried a coffin to symbolise what they hope is the end of Yanukovych's political career and chanted "Kiev rise up!" and "Get Out Yanukovych". There were no initial reports of any clashes.