Yanukovych foes take over buildings

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Jan. 24, 2014, 4:42 a.m. | Ukraine — by Mark Rachkevych

President Viktor Yanukovych and the three political opposition leaders failed to reach a compromise during Jan. 23 talks to end the nation’s political crisis. The setback is likely to stoke public anger, especially among those who have adopted the Patrick Henry rallying cry of “Give me liberty or give me death.” In picture, protesters gather on Hrushevskoho Street on Jan. 19.
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Mark Rachkevych

Mark has been a reporter for the Kyiv Post since 2006, but joined full-time in 2009. A native Chicagoan, Mark currently is editor-at-large and still contributes stories on an ongoing basis. He has written bylines with the Financial Times, Bloomberg News, Associated Press, Irish Times, and Ukraine Business Insight, among other publications. He is a former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer, a graduate of St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and fluent in the Ukrainian and Russian languages.

Five regional councils in central and western Ukraine were taken over on Jan. 23 by disgruntled citizens as the grip and authority of  President Viktor Yanukovych begins to weaken. Protesters took over gubernatorial buildings in Lviv, Ternopil, Cherkassy, Rivne, and Khmelnytsky. Police later retook the building in Cherkassy.

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