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Ukraine's opposition appeals to West

Published on Feb 3, 2014 1:56 AM

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's opposition on Sunday appealed for the first time for international aid and mediation to end a deadly two-month standoff with President Viktor Yanukovych during a rally with over 60,000 protesters.

With still no end in sight for the crisis, the president's office said the 63-year-old Yanukovych was due to return to work on Monday following four days of sick leave with an "acute respiratory infection".

With the opposition so far receiving only verbal pledges of international support, former economy minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk told the crowd: "We spoke to our Western partners and told them that we need real financial aid."

Boxer-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko said there was also a need for an international role to avoid "misunderstandings" in negotiations between the opposition and Yanukovych that have proved inconclusive.

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