Ukrainian opposition lobbies for support at security conference
Saturday, February 01, 2014 - 01:28
Feb. 1 - The conflict is Ukraine is consuming talks at the Munich Security Conference and the country's opposition is taking full advantage of attendance to lobby for support. Nathan Frandino reports.
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The protests in Ukraine have spread to Germany.
Outside the Munich Security Conference, hundreds gather in solidarity to support demonstrators back in Kiev.
The protest even drew boxer-turned-opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko.
(SOUNDBITE) (German) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"We want to become a modern European country. We want to live a good future and a safe future. And the land we want to live in is Ukraine."
The unrest started when President Viktor Yanukovich turned down a deal with the European Union and chose Russia instead.
That decision provoked mass demonstrations that have led to deadly violence and numerous occupations.
Back at the conference, opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk is also lobbying for support.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER, ARSENIY YATSENYUK, SAYING:
"The political solution is still on the table. And the only chance to decrease the dictatorship powers of the president is to shift from presidential to parliamentary presidential republic. And in order to do this we need to have a comprehensive approach with the Western participants and in order to ensure and secure this process we kindly request our Western partners to be real partners in helping Ukraine to be a democratic country."
So far, the opposition dismissed offers from Yanukovich to install opposition representatives in his cabinet, saying the president has no credibility.
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