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Leaders from 12 opposition parties gathered at the monument to Taras Shevchenko in downtown Kyiv. They tore into President Viktor Yanukovych’s administration in passionate speeches to a crowd of roughly 5,000 supporters.

They slammed his rule as authoritarian and decried the ongoing imprisonment of opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as former Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko.

The united front of the opposition – the first time that the myriad of party leaders have appeared together in public – was reflected in the rainbow of flags that colored the protest.

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