January 30, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, who went on sick leave Thursday, said he had fulfilled commitments to antigovernment protesters but that conditions remained tense because of the political ambitions of some opposition leaders. Yanukovich said the goals of some could not rank higher than the country's overall interests. The public will be treated with understanding and goodwill, he said. “However, the opposition continues to escalate the tension, calling upon the people to stand out in the frost for the sake of several leaders' political ambitions,” Yanukovich said in a statement on his official website.
January 27, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine - The protest movement seeking to push Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich from power is providing a stage for what one analyst calls "wild protest factions" that are at times driving developments on the street and complicating efforts to negotiate a solution. Members of one group don black masks and have combat experience fighting for Ukrainian nationalist or anti-Russian causes in several conflicts across the former Soviet Union. A leader denied the group is anti-Semitic, even while declaring that most Ukrainian bankers are Jewish.
January 26, 2014 |
KIEV, Ukraine -- As opposition leaders weighed a peace offering from President Viktor Yanukovich, protesters seized a key building in central Kiev on Sunday, then took a pause in their rebellion to bury one of their dead. Seemingly testing Yanukovich's determination, hundreds of anti-government protesters armed with baseball bats, wooden clubs and Molotov cocktails surrounded about 300 police who were hunkered down inside a formidable Soviet-era building known as Ukraina House. The protesters, wearing a motley array of military, motorcycle and construction helmets, then stormed the building in a surprise pre-dawn attack.
January 11, 2014 |
MOSCOW -- Ukraine opposition leader Yuri Lutsenko was seriously injured when protesters clashed with riot police in downtown Kiev early Saturday, his spokeswoman said. Shortly after midnight, Lutsenko tried to intervene in a confrontation between several hundred riot police and about a thousand protesters in downtown Kiev when police suddenly used tear gas and clubs against the crowd, Larisa Sargan, Lutsenko's press secretary, told the Los Angeles Times. “Yuri was hit several times over the head with a club before he fell,” Sargan said in a phone interview.
December 16, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- Five people were killed Monday in Bangladesh as police and protesters clashed anew over the execution of a senior opposition leader. The deaths reportedly happened overnight in southeastern district of Satkhira. Police said demonstrators from the Jamaat-e-Islami party, some wielding homemade bombs, attacked security officials. The clash was the latest violence since Abdul Quader Molla, a top figure in the opposition party, was hanged last week for crimes against humanity dating back to the country's 1971 war of independence from Pakistan.
December 13, 2013 |
KIEV, Ukraine - After more than three weeks of street protests against his rule, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday met with opposition leaders, who came away declaring that little had been achieved. “Talking to these high-placed bureaucrats felt like traveling back to the U.S.S.R.,” opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said Friday night. “None of our demands were met. But the good thing is we personally delivered them to Yanukovich and looked into his eye.” The meeting at Ukraina Palace in downtown Kiev included Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, Ukraine's top clergy, former presidents and others.