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Senator John McCain meets Ukrainian protestors

  • US Senator John McCain met protestors in Independence Square, in the capital of Ukraine, Kiev, and encouraged them to continue their agitation. Over 200,000 protestors in Kiev's main square have come out in protest against their government's decision to forge closer ties with Russia, instead of moving closer to the European Union. The protestors are calling on their government to engage more closely with the EU. The demonstrations are the largest in Ukraine since the 2004 Orange Revolution.

    "People of Ukraine, this is your moment. This is about you, no one else. This is about the future you want for your country. This is about the future you deserve...a future in Europe, a future of peace, with all of your neighbors. The free world is with you, America is with you, I am with you." Senator John McCain said. He also criticized the Ukrainian authorities for their use of force against the protestors.

    Meanwhile the EU has paused work on a trade deal with Ukraine, after Kiev has not demonstrated a "clear commitment" to signing the deal, said Stefan Fule, European commissioner for enlargement and European neighborhood policy.  

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