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Column of oppositionists moving to Ukraine government building

December 03, 2013, 12:02 UTC+3 KIEV
About 5,000 activists have spent the last night on Independence Square
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© ITAR-TASS-Maxim Nikitin

KIEV, December 03. /ITAR-TASS/. The supporters of European integration of Ukraine started on Tuesday morning to block the Ukrainian government building. The column of demonstrators headed by former Interior Minister Yuri Lutsenko came from Independence Square to the government building to demand a dismissal of the government.

About 5,000 activists have spent the last night on Independence Square.

Infographics Opposition protests in Kiev Opposition protests in Kiev
Map of Kiev showing government buildings stormed by opposition protesters and streets closed to traffic. ITAR-TASS Infographics
The oppositionists plan to stage a picket at the Ukrainian parliament Verkhovna Rada building, where a plenary meeting will be held on Tuesday. The parliament has earlier registered the draft motion of no confidence to Ukrainian government. The opposition wants to debate this issue as a priority.

“A sufficient number of votes” will be found in the parliament to dismiss Nikolai Azarov’s Cabinet, Verkhovna Rada Deputy Speaker Ruslan Koshulinsky (who represents the opposition faction Svoboda (freedom)) said.

Meanwhile, a stage is being mounted at the parliament building, where an alternative rally of the supporters of the ruling Party of Regions will be presumably held. About 20 buses with police are on duty nearby.

Alongside, the police have blocked the approaches to the buildings of the government and the Verkhovna Rada. About ten police buses have blocked the approaches to the government building, where the police commandoes have lined up, letting only members of the government in the government compound.

Meanwhile, the police cordons were also placed at the Verkhovna Rada building. The roads to the parliament are blocked by several dozen buses.

The Interior Ministry stated earlier that “it will take proper measures to fulfill the tasks to protect the public order and to ensure unhampered work of state institutions and the access of their employees to them.”

The Interior Ministry appealed to the participants in the action “to be vigilant and not to yield to provocative acts.

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