Ukraine's pro-EU forces rally after brutal beating of journalist
KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's opposition planned another mass rally on Sunday amid swelling anger over the brutal beating of a pro-European reporter who exposed the lavish lifestyles of President Viktor Yanukovych and his ruling elite.
The angry crowd also planned to drive dozens of cars towards Yanukovych's heavily guarded Mezhygirya residence on the banks of the Dnipro River that journalist Tetyana Chornovol accused the Ukrainian leader of illegally "privatising" in one of her exposes.
Chornovol - a prominent member of the pro-EU protests that have rocked Kiev since Yanukovych abandoned a historic agreement with Brussels in favour of closer ties with old master Moscow last month - was pulled out of her car and assaulted on Tuesday night.
The attack and graphic hospital images of Chornovol's bloodied and swollen face have added fuel to the fire of weekly pro-EU protests that intially drew hundreds of thousands of Kiev's Independence Square - called the Maidan in Ukrainian - but began to peter out last Sunday.