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Ukrainians gawp as Yanukovich's luxury estate is opened to public

Published on Feb 23, 2014 6:04 AM

NOVI PETRIVTSI, Ukraine (REUTERS) - A sprawling forested estate of graceful waterways and summer houses - half the size of Monaco but just one hour's drive from Kiev - stands as a symbol of the folly of Ukraine's fugitive president.

Even the most cynical Ukrainians, who on Saturday streamed to see Viktor Yanukovich's luxury estate, rubbed their eyes in disbelief when they were confronted by the scale of the opulence he built around him and kept secret from the outside world.

There were Australian and African ostriches, stretching their legs. There were hares darting around people's feet - clearly unused to large numbers.

Deer and billy goats - their cages neatly labelled - were hunkered down, slightly alarmed at the numbers of sudden visitors.

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