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Deadlock in Parliament as protesters beat drums for change in Ukraine

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:31

Feb. 6 - Anti-government demonstrations continue in Kiev, as lawmakers hit a stalemate in Parliament in an effort to work on constitution bill. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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No one is going quietly in Ukraine. Anti government demonstrators hold a sign saying: "We are tired of waiting." They beat the drums of change, Inside parliament, a deadlock as parties try to draft a joint bill on constitutional amendments that could be put to a vote as early as next week. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko is asking where is the leadership. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UKRAINIAN OPPOSITION LEADER VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "Today Yanukovich is flying out to the Sochi Olympics - at this very moment when it is necessary to solve the situation in the society, to reduce tension in the society, to make decisions. I would like to stress it one more time, nobody makes decisions in the Party of Regions, any decisions are made exclusively by the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich." His ally from the Party of the Regions Olexander Yefremov says Yanukovich is monitoring the situation. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LEADER OF PARTY OF REGIONS PARLIAMENTARY FACTION, OLEXANDER YEFREMOV, SAYING: "I indeed had a meeting with the president yesterday. We discussed all the issues that concern the society at the present moment. As far as his health is concerned, he feels great. And if you were as healthy as the president, I would only envy you." The unrest began last November when the president spurned a trade deal with the EU and turned to Moscow for financial aid.

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Deadlock in Parliament as protesters beat drums for change in Ukraine

Thursday, February 06, 2014 - 01:31