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Riot police keep Kiev rallies apart

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

Less than a day after talks between the government and the opposition failed to resolve the political crisis - sparked by Yanukovych's last-minute refusal to sign an agreement bringing Ukraine closer to the European Union, in favour of Russia - the president's supporters chanted his name, while many others were arriving in Kiev for a mass opposition protest today.

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