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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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Kerry: US and EU 'stand with people of Ukraine'

US Secretary of State John Kerry said both US and EU stand with people of Ukraine in their fight to choose partners.

The vast majority of Ukrainian people want to live freely in a safe and prosperous country. They are fighting for the right to associate with partners who will help them realize their aspirations. And they have decided that that means their futures do not have to lie with one country alone and certainly not coerced.

– John Kerry, US Secretary of State

The top US diplomat was due to meet the Ukraine opposition leaders in Munich during a security summit.

"Our message to Ukraine's opposition will be the full support of President Obama and of the American people for their efforts," Mr Kerry said earlier.

The Ukrainian opposition has urged West to help bring a halt to the violence they blame on President Viktor Yanukovich.

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