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'Not a step back,' says Ukraine opposition

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 - 01:50

Jan. 24 - Ukraine opposition says President Viktor Yanukovich refuses to consider any suggestions to step down, prompting them to call for broader protests. Michaela Cabrera reports.

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Talks to end violent clashes in Kiev protests did not bear fruit. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said President Viktor Yanukovich refused to consider any suggestions that he or his government should step down. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) OPPOSITION LEADER, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "Long hours of conversations, long hours of conversations about nothing. Now I understand -- to sit down at the same table, with the man who has already decided to lie to you -- is pointless." After initially calling for calm - the opposition leaders are now saying the protests should be broadened, and more barricades should be built. 'Not a step back,' protest leader Arseniy Yatseniuk said. Justice Minister Olena Lukash gave the government response. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) MINISTER OF JUSTICE, OLENA LUKASH, SAYING: "Unfortunately for the second time the leaders of the opposition have declined from publicly denouncing the extremists' actions. They also do not condemn the capture of local administration buildings. The question of whether the opposition leaders are willing to control the further development of radical events." On Wednesday (January 23) - about a thousand protesters stormed a government building in Cherkasy, south of Kiev, signalling that the demonstrations have spread. Three people have died and scores have been injured since demonstrations in Kiev turned violent.

'Not a step back,' says Ukraine opposition

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014 - 01:50

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