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You're reading: With Yanukovych in charge, Ukraine leaves Vilnius empty-handed

Ukraine could have been the biggest hero of the summit, instead it emerged as a complete loser, failing to sign a deal with the European Union that had been in the works for years.

Until the last moment, however, there was a twinkle of hope for a chance to sign, through an amazing and dramatic turn of events that many Europeans pushed for. The epicenter of the drama was Kempinski Hotel, where many leaders stayed.

As regular Lithuanians had dinner in their homes and restaurants, EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton intensely discussed a paper with her team in a Kempinski hall. In the hotel’s cafe, the whole mission of Pat Cox and Alexander Kwasniewski, as well as European Parliament President Martin Schulz, kept flipping through papers and working out the details of how their monitoring mission for Ukraine will be transformed.

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