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The Financial Times reported around 20,000 people gathering in downtown Kyiv. This is much lower than seen during the peak of the 2004 Orange Revolution, but nonetheless significant. Indeed, most commentators have been surprised by the scale of demonstrations this time around. The routine now seems to be for demonstrators to mass at 9 a.m. around the Cabinet of Ministers, and again at 6 p.m. in the evening at the EuroMaidan.

Over the past 24 hours there were a number of notable developments:

First there was the statement from the EU, signed by Jose Manuel Barroso and Herman van Rompuy, to the effect that the door to Europe was still open to Ukraine, and that Ukraine should not be subject to undue pressure from third parties, a none-too-veiled reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The EU also noted demonstrations over the past few days and indicated that this showed that Ukrainians appreciated their European perspective, and should be supported in this.

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