Ukraine opposition calls mass rally as rival camp backs president
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's opposition has called another monster rally on Sunday against President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of a trade deal with the EU as he ponders closer economic ties with Moscow.
Tension mounted in Kiev as authorities planned a rally of their own, bussing in thousands of Yanukovych supporters from the provinces, setting up a camp in a park not far from the opposition and vowing a "non-stop protest".
Ukraine's security services were on high alert, as opposition leaders urged a massive turnout for the rally on Independence Square where the crowd swelled to hundreds of thousands last weekend.
Protesters have been camped out on the square for more than three weeks since Mr Yanukovych failed to sign the EU deal.