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Ukrainian president 'set to return after sick leave'

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich is set to return to work on Monday after a period of sick leave, a statement on the presidential website said. Thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in central Kiev to demand his resignation.

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Frontline clergy at the centre of Kiev's protests

During the two months of anti-government protests in Ukraine that call for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich, the country's clergy has not been standing on the sidelines.

Priests lead daily prayers in the tent city at Independence Square and offer spiritual guidance to both protesters and police officers on both sides of the barricades.

Father Valery walks through the barricades Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

"For me religion is political, especially in this day and age, when religion is a question of conscience," said Orthodox Catholic priest Father Orest.

Father Valery and Father Orest Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter
Makeshift tent chapel in Kiev Credit: REUTERS/Thomas Peter

Another priest, Father Valery, joined the protest camp "to fight against the evils of corruption and political abuse by our leaders."

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