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.
© Pavlo Podufalov
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.