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Ukraine President Hints at Compromise, but PM Slams Protesters

Ukraine president hints at compromise, but PM slams protesters | Reuters

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The protests against Yanukovich began in November, when he pulled out of signing a free trade deal with the European Union in favour of closer economic ties with former Soviet overlord Russia.

Prime Minister Mykola Azarov:

"All those who support this coup should say clearly, 'Yes, we are for the overthrow of the legitimate authorities in Ukraine', and not hide behind peaceful protesters."

"A genuine attempt at a coup d'etat is being carried out."

"We don't see the need for tough and extreme measures at the moment ... But don't put the government into an impasse."

"People should not think that the government lacks available resources to put an end to this. It is our constitutional right and obligation to restore order in the country."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

"We are greatly worried, and not only worried, but also outraged at the way laws have been pushed through that call these freedoms into question."

French President Francois Hollande:

Called on Ukrainian authorities to "rapidly seek dialogue".

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev:

Urged the presidents of Russia and the United States to help broker negotiations, and said Ukraine was facing a possible "catastrophe".

Yet another mess. There are so many messes in the world.

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