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EU to Ukraine: Reforms necessary for trade pact

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Feb. 25, 2013 16:28
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European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, center, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, right, and Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych address the media at the European Council building in Brussels, Monday, Feb. 25, 2013. The leaders of the European Union and Ukraine are meeting Monday in Brussels to try to forge closer ties, but the EU remains concerned about what it calls "political prosecutions" in the former Soviet country. In Kiev, several thousand people marched near government buildings denouncing President Viktor Yanukovych, who is attending the summit in Brussels. The rally marked Yanukovych's third-year anniversary in office. The protesters chanted "Free Yulia," demanding that former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is serving a seven-year sentence on abuse-of-office charges and could face life imprisonment in a separate murder case, be released from jail. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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BRUSSELS — Leaders of the European Union had a blunt message Monday for the president of Ukraine: Choose between a customs union with Russia and a free-trade agreement with us. You can't have both.

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