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The words and actions signal more clearly that the Party of Regions-led government is not going to heed demands for the release of imprisoned ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and other opposition leaders.

Speaking on Oct. 3 at a gathering with foreign ambassadors, Yanukovych reaffirmed commitment to European integration, but warned that Ukraine under his rule would not give in to demands from Brussels, Washington or anyone else.

“Putting pressure of any kind on Ukraine is unacceptable,” Yanukovych said amid repeated calls for more than a year by European and U.S. officials to free Tymoshenko and other jailed opposition politicians ahead of an Oct. 28 parliamentary election.

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