Ukraine president's home destination of protest motorcade

Dec. 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM
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KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A long motorcade filed past the residence of Ukraine's president Sunday to protest the government's leanings toward Russia, police said.

About 1,000 vehicles came within 300 meters (328 yards) of President Viktor Yanukovych's Mezhyhria residence and continued on to the homes of other government officials and a prominent pro-Russian businessman, the Kyiv Post said.

The motorcade was the latest event in the so-called EuroMaidan protests, which erupted when the Yanukovych government abruptly turned away from closer trade ties with Western Europe in favor of a rival trade alliance led by Russia.

The Post said the protesters called for the release of jailed protesters, the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and disciplinary action against individuals deemed responsible for violence against protesters.

"If Yanukovych fails to fulfill these three requirements, our Sunday excursion becomes a permanent tour," said opposition politician Arseniy Yatseniuk.

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