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Ukraine protesters set up barricades

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 01:15

Dec. 9 - Protesters set up barricades in Kiev, refusing to give up campaign to topple President Yanukovich's government. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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It is near freezing temperatures in Kiev, and protesters are digging in for a long fight. It has been two weeks since they occupied Independence Square. Their aim is to topple the government of President Viktor Yanukovich, for abandoning a trade agreement with the European Union, and, in effect bringing Ukraine closer to Russia. On Sunday (December 8) night protesters were setting up barricades to block access to Kiev's main government building. One of the opposition party leaders, boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko encouraged the crowds, but issued a warning against violence. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) VLADIMIR KLITSCHKO, BROTHER OF UDAR PARTY LEADER VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "This is not the last night and we will be protesting here until we achieve victory. We believe in our country and I am proud that I am Ukrainian, but under no circumstances must we destroy things, break things. We don't have to follow any provocateurs and I trust in my country as well as everyone of you." These street demonstrations are the biggest Ukraine has seen, since the Orange Revolution that culminated in 2005, when people power forced re-elections due to fraud.

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Ukraine protesters set up barricades

Sunday, December 08, 2013 - 01:15