Ukrainian protesters hold first pro-EU rally of 2014

Pro-EU demonstrators rallied in Kiev for the first time in 2014 after a Christmas hiatus, reigniting public displays of opposition to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's economic alignment with Russia.
Posted By JC Finley  |  Jan. 6, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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Pro-EU demonstrators held their first rally of 2014 in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev on Sunday, with several thousand gathered at the rally in Independence Square.

At Sunday's protest, Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko rallied for a nationwide strike, asserting, "We will not step back until we are heard."

Rallies in favor of Ukrainian membership in the European Union began in November when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine would not sign a pre-accession deal with the EU.

Since that decision, Yanukovych sent mixed signals in meetings with EU officials, giving the impression he was still interested in signing an agreement with the EU. However, in mid-December, Yanukovych announced he had agreed to a gas deal with Russia.

Protesters oppose Ukraine's economic alignment with Russia.

[RIA Novosti] [UPI]

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