Tensions Rise as Protestors Flood Kiev

Sen. John McCain arrives in Ukraine to support opposition

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Dmitry Lovetsky / AP

Pro-European Union activists gather during a rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Dec. 14, 2013.

Thousands of Ukranians backing President Viktor Yanukovich rallied Saturday in central Kiev, separated by only a barricade of riot police from a rival anti-government demonstration and raising concerns over a potential clash.

Opposition protests have gained international attention since protestors first took to the streets Nov. 21. Yanukovich sparked public outcry when he backed out of a long-proposed trade deal with the European Union under pressure from Russia.

The pro-Yanukovich demonstration swelled the capital’s Maidan square with people, as more anti-government activists descended on the designated opposition camp for a planned Sunday protest, Reuters reports.

U.S. Sen. John McCain also arrived Saturday to meet with and throw his support behind opposition leaders.

In what government critics say is an attempt to quell the protests, on Saturday Yanukovich dismissed the head of Kiev’s state administration and a national security aide for their involvement in a violent Nov. 30 clash. 

[Reuters]

5 comments
CAmeateater
CAmeateater

Isn't it funny that Senator SongBird....LIKE many republicans before him.....tries to arm Al Qaeda in Syria and NO ONE SAYS A WORD. 

CAmeateater
CAmeateater

Why are the TEA PARTY leaders not out there too?  Protesting the EU and America....Just like they did during the Syrian Crisis and their FULL support of Vladimir Putin over Obama?

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

In violation of international law Sen. John McCain arrives in Kiev for gross interference in the sovereign Affairs of Ukraine.

AnitaB
AnitaB

@Sibir_Russia Not to mention that Russia doesn't even want Ukraine to turn around without first saying "yes, you can do that". Sorry- hard for me to feel to worried about this when the blatant interference from Russia is what really got these protests started. Not sure why Russia (or should we just say the president of Russia?) is so scared to have Ukraine actually be independent. 

Sibir_Russia
Sibir_Russia

@AnitaByler@Sibir_Russia  

Russia kept emphasizing that a solution to the issue of signing or not signing an Association Agreement with the EU is Ukraine's sovereign choice