Feb. 10 - Ukrainian protesters, now in their third month of action, keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
With the support of Kiev's residents, protesters continued on Monday (February 10) their occupation of the city's Independence Square - or Maidan. The protests started as a spontaneous pro-EU movement after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich favoured closer economic ties to Russia rather than sign a free trade pact with the European Union in November last year. Three months later, they have become a show of anti-government feelings. Protesters interviewed recently on the barricades and at the protester's camp in Maidan said they rejected foreign interference - be it from the European Union, the United States or Russia. What they want is a change of government and ultimately the departure of Yanukovich from power. The political situation is deadlocked, with the opposition pressing for constitutional changes that would re-balance powers - now heavily weighted towards the presidency - between the president, government and parliament. Yanukovich opposes such changes and opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko accused him on Sunday (February 9) of stalling in talks with them. At least six people have died in occasional violent clashes between radicals and riot police. The next presidential election is due in early 2015.