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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev 'in hospital'

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. Credit: Reuters

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is in hospital "determined to fight for his life", Russian state media sources are reporting.

He is cited as telling Interfax news agency that his health was deteriorating, but that he was "determined to fight for his life".

My state of health has been moderate for a week and today I am in hospital. My health is deteriorating.

I'm hooked up to a monitor.

You know my character. I am determined to fight for my life.

– Mikhail Gorbachev, cited by RIA Novostri

Gorbachev: Ukraine govt failed to act democratically

Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said the crisis in Ukraine stems from the government's failure to act democratically, according to the Associated Press.

Former President of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev. Credit: Jan Woitas/DPA/Press Association Image

He spoke a day after demonstrators took over the capital Kiev and seized the president's office as parliament voted to remove him and hold new elections.

Mr Gorbachev said that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an "interruption of perestroika", referring to his reform policies, and of the democratic process.