Protesters rally in Kiev after news of international support
Sunday, February 02, 2014 - 01:24
Feb. 2 - Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko brings news of strong Western support back to Ukraine, where protesters welcome the backing and vow to keep fighting. Nathan Frandino reports.
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With protesters still camped out in Ukraine, ongoing unrest appears far from over.
After months of protests and clashes, anti-government demonstrators and the state have reached a stalemate.
But at the Kiev airport, boxer-turned-opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko comes home with renewed energy.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"We would really like the authorities to listen to people, and not pretend that nothing is happening. Only then can we solve the problems. But to hide heads in the sand and pretend that nothing is going on will not solve the problems but rather hide it in a far corner."
Klitschko and other opposition leaders had been in Munich, successfully lobbying the international community for support.
Protesters at a mass rally Sunday welcome the news.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) KIEV RESIDENT, VICTORIA, SAYING:
"We were told that we are supported by the whole international community. They were told in Munich that the whole international community shares out hopes and supports us. That's why today's rally was a success."
And with thousands supporting the cause, this fight won't end quietly.
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