Thousands of Ukraine protesters mass outside parliament
KIEV (AFP) - Thousands of Ukrainian protesters massed outside parliament in Kiev on Tuesday as lawmakers were set to debate a vote of no confidence in the government over the scrapping of a deal with the European Union.
The opposition has called for a vote of no confidence in the government of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov amid days of mass protests over the abandoning of the historic pact, the biggest protests in the ex-Soviet country since the pro-Western Orange Revolution in 2004.
But it was unclear whether it would muster enough support to pass the motion.
Opposition leaders including former heavyweight world boxing champion Vitali Klitschko have introduced a draft resolution saying that the government had betrayed the Ukrainian people by scrapping plans to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union under pressure from Russia.