Ukrainians Pour Into Streets In Massive Rally

wochit politics
December 15, 2013 AT 9:21 AM
About 200,000 poured into the streets of the capital here Sunday, as protests entered their fourth week amid increased pressure by the U.S. and its allies after the Ukrainian government backed away from a deal with the European Union. The anti-government protests began late last month after President Viktor Yanukovych decided to refrain from signing a trade deal with the European Union, instead seeking closer ties with Russia, a key trade partner. On Tuesday, Yanukovych said he would sign the EU deal next spring. But two days later, Ukrainian officials announced the president would go to Moscow on Tuesday to finalize a trade deal with Russia, prompting a large turnout Sunday in the hopes of derailing the initiative.