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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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Germany summons Ukraine ambassador over violence

Police in riot gear stand at the site in Kiev where clashes with pro-EU demonstrators took place last night. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko (

Germany has summoned the Ukrainian ambassador in Berlin to demand an end to the government's use of force against pro-European integration demonstrators, a foreign ministry spokesman said.

Protesters stand at the entrance of the Agricultural Ministry building in Kiev which they say has been occupied. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

"The aim of this summons is to make clear to Ukraine's official representative in Germany what the position of the German government is," spokesman Martin Schaefer said.

Members of the clergy walk at the site of clashes in central Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. Credit: Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

"We expect Ukraine's ambassador to pass on this message without delay to his government, the president and the prime minister," he added.

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