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Ukraine protesters stay in square despite deal

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 - 01:51

Feb. 22 - Thousands of protesters in Ukraine's capital continue demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovych, despite a peace deal being signed. Sarah Toms reports.

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A deal may have been reached in Ukraine but it hasn't stopped thousands of protesters from standing firm in Kiev's main square. The pact signed by President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition, says a unity government will be formed and a presidential election held. But it's been met with scepticism by these demonstrators. They want Yanukovych to go now. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) UNIDENTIFIED PROTESTER WHO MADE HIS WAY ONTO THE STAGE, SAYING: "We overturned the situation. We gave the politicians a chance so they could become ministers or presidents in the future, and they don't want to fulfil a simple obligation, for the criminal to go out." Opposition leaders who signed the deal were booed and called traitors by the crowds.... (NAT SOT) (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION UDAR PARTY, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "I want to say one thing: I ask you to forgive me if I offended anybody, but I am honestly doing everything I can for Ukraine to win. I am honestly doing everything I can so blood will not be spilled, and I am honestly doing everything for this gang to go." The deal was reached in talks with EU foreign ministers after Ukraine's bloodiest day of protests. At least 77 people have been killed in the past three days. There are constant reminders of the violence, as funeral ceremonies for those killed in the clashes got underway. Thousands watched as the coffins of protesters were carried across a packed square. The demonstrations erupted in November when the president rejected a trade deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia....

Ukraine protesters stay in square despite deal

Saturday, Feb 22, 2014 - 01:51

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