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EU suspends Ukraine trade deal plans amid protests

The EU says it is putting on hold work on a key trade agreement with Ukraine, saying the government's arguments have "no grounds in reality". Protesters have taken to the streets in support of the agreement, which was rejected by the government.

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Thousands of Ukrainians stage rival rallies in Kiev

Tens of thousands of Ukrainians rallied in support of President Viktor Yanukovich in central Kiev today, separated by a line of riot police from anti-government protesters who have camped out for weeks in a nearby square.

A day after talks between the government and the opposition failed to resolve the political crisis, Yanukovich's supporters waved the blue flags of his Party of Regions and chanted the president's name.

Thousands of people seen on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine. Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich
Pro-government supporters hold a portrait of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian riot police stand in front of pro-European integration protesters Credit: Reuters/Gleb Garanich

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