May 28 - Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, comfortably elected mayor of Kiev, says it is time for protesters still camped out on 'Maidan' square to leave. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
He's just been elected mayor of Kiev. Now boxer-turned politician Vitaly Klitschko is sitting down with protesters saying it is time to turn the page. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) BOXING CHAMPION AND KIEV MAYOR-ELECT, VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING: "We have new authorities, Yanukovich is not here any longer. We, the Ukrainians have elected a new president. Ukrainians and residents of Kiev have elected a new city council and a Kiev mayor. What we need today is for the city of Kiev and for the country to start working again, to return to normal life." As he tours the mayor's office, there are signs of the months of turmoil in Ukraine that left more than 100 people dead in Kiev last winter. Not everyone is ready to give up the fight. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) KHMELNITSKY RESIDENT ON MAIDAN, YURA, SAYING: "Yes, we do need to return to normal life but we can only do it once calm and stability returns in the east of the country. Because at the moment in some places in the east, people are afraid to go out of their homes. They are afraid they will be attacked, killed or robbed." Others reflect on the past amid hope for the future. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RESIDENT OF KAMENETS PODOLSKY, TATYANA, SAYING: "Maidan should remain until the final results are announced. Thank God we have elected a new president. Let's hope he will not cheat on us. The people have made their choice. But we mustn't forget about the heroes of Maidan that sacrificed so much for our future." Both Klitschko and president-elect Petro Poroshenko say they want to remove all armed groups from the streets of Ukraine-- an effort still a work in progress.