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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Ukrainians gather to call for President's resignation

Thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in Independence Square in central Kiev to demand the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych.

Mr Yanukovych is set to return to work on Monday following a period of sick leave, a statement on the presidential website said.

Anti-government protesters attend a rally in Independence Square Credit: Reuters

Since November, there have been widespread opposition protests in the country after Mr Yanukovych's controversial decision to form closer economic ties with Russia instead of signing a trade deal with the European Union.

Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko addresses supporters at a rally Credit: Reuters

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