Ukraine Protests Spread Beyond Kiev As Opposition Forces Call For Election
Protests are spreading in the Ukraine as opposition forces are calling for emergency elections within 24 hours. As CNN reports:
The governor of Lviv, in the west, was forced to sign his resignation as protesters stormed his offices.
Other reports spoke of protests in at least five more western cities.
Two people died in clashes in Kiev on Wednesday, the first deaths in two months of protests over EU links.
The anti-government protests flared in late November over Mr Yanukovych's decision to pull out of a landmark treaty with the European Union.
For now, however, anti-government protestors have given government officials a 24-hour deadline to effectively get their things together before further violence breaks out. These talks were likely to be the last-ditch chance for a resolution to the conflict before anarchy.
"If [President Viktor]Yanukovych does not make concessions, then tomorrow [Thursday] we will go on the attack," opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said. The truce is meant to last until 8 p.m. while Yanoukovych is in talks.
The main theater for protests continues to be at Independence Square, the revolution's headquarters and tent-cap since late November. The square is currently occupied by tens of thousands of anti-government protestors, and it was the scene of fighting Wednesday, which led to the injuries of journalists and medics, along with 70 other protestors being arrested. Eighty members of the police force were also admitted to the hospital.
The U.S. has responded to the violence so far by taking away the visas of Ukrainian officials who are allegedly connected to the uproar in the capital. New anti-protest laws also come into effect in Kiev this Wednesday, but so far, no one seems to be paying too much attention.