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Ukraine opposition rallies after EU, US support pledges

Published on Feb 2, 2014 10:27 AM
Anti-government protesters stand guard at a barricade in Kiev on Feb 1, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's opposition holds a new rally on Sunday amid concern about military intervention in the country's worst crisis since independence, after pledges of support from Europe and the United States and fresh accusations from Russia.

Opposition groups called a rally on Independence Square in Kiev - the Maidan - to press for more concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych including the immediate release of protesters and the formation of a new government.

Mr Yanukovych and his ruling Regions Party have passed a law granting an amnesty to activists arrested in more than two months of protests but only on condition that official buildings occupied by the protesters are vacated in the next two weeks.

The prime minister and the Cabinet have also resigned and a series of draconian anti-protest laws have been abolished in the past week but many of the protesters in Kiev also want Yanukovych to step down and early elections to be called.

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