Det verkar nu som om Viktor Janukovytj får allt svårare att klamra sig fast vid makten i Ukraina. Demonstranterna har verkligen jobbat bra i extremkölden och regimens alla försök att splittra dom och vinna tid för Puin och Janukovytj.
Om Ukraina äntligen lyckas gå med i EU så kommer ryssarna förr eller senare undra varför inte dom också kan överge den sista sovjetstaten som Björn Rösengren skulle säga, och själva gå med i EU.
Andrew E Kramer skriver i New York Times: Ukraine’s President Takes Sick Leave; Crisis Talks Stalled
KIEV, Ukraine — Viktor F. Yanukovych, the president of Ukraine, went on sick leave on Thursday, stalling negotiated efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis.
A statement on the president’s website said Mr. Yanukovych, 63, was taking time off because of a respiratory illness and fever. It offered no indication of how long he was expected to be absent. The statement was attributed to a deputy director of the presidential department for medical affairs.
Mr. Yanukovych has faced pressure from Russia to take a harder line with protesters opposing his government, rather than continue negotiations that could lead to his ceding some power to pro-Western members of the opposition.
Mr. Yanukovych went on leave without signing into law a bill repealing the harsh restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly that were enacted earlier this month. The repeal was passed by Parliament on Tuesday with support from the pro-government Party of Regions, a significant concession to the opposition but one that means little unless the president signs it. The prime minister, Mykola Azarov, also resigned on Tuesday.
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