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Yanukovich says supporters coming to Kiev

MYKOLAIV, Ukraine, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Ukraine's government candidate in the Dec. 26 presidential runoff election is vowing to bring supporters into Kiev, Interfax reported Wednesday.

Victor Yanukovich, who was openly supported by outgoing President Leonid Kuchma in the election that was thrown out by the nation's highest court, said his supporters would come to the capital to prevent a "coup."

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Last month tens of thousands of supporters of opposition candidate Viktor Yushchenko went to Kiev to protest the Nov. 21 election, widely condemned by international observers as fraudulent.

"It is impossible today to stop the people's movement to protect their rights and the constitution," Yanukovich said Wednesday in Mykolaiv.

"Groups of volunteers are being formed in many regions now; 35,000 have joined volunteer groups in Sevastopol, which I visited yesterday. These people plan to go to Kiev after the elections on Dec. 26."

He also said more than 300 organizations have already been created on his behalf in Kiev.

"They are all volunteer organizations that want to prevent a coup in the country," Yanukovich said.

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