Ukraininans rally in opposition to government's decision to drop EU bid

Following the Ukrainian government's decision to drop its bid to join the EU, protesters take to Twitter and the streets.
Posted By JC Finley  |  Nov. 22, 2013 at 4:40 PM
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Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Opposition is mounting in response to the Ukrainian government's decision on Nov. 21 to drop its bid to join the European Union.

Demonstrators have taken to the streets in Kiev, waving United Kingdom and Ukrainian flags and chanting "Ukraine is Europe” and “Yanukovich -- enemy of the country."

BBC's Ukraine expert Olexiy Solohubenko observed that while protesters were rallying in Kiev's Independence Square, most of the protesting right now is occurring via Twitter. "Everyone seems to be online, but the big question is whether protests on social media will replace big street rallies."

Yulia Tymoshenko, the imprisoned former Prime Minister, criticized President Viktor Yanukovich's actions in a letter that warned "you are making the mistake of your life... You will remain one-on-one with Russia and you will have to live according to her road map. Later Russia will give you a choice: either it will save you from the social and economic collapse at the expense of the loss of independence or will not react at all.”

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