(QHA) - A mass pro-EU rally in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv brought together an estimated 200,000 protesters in the city’s Independence Square on Sunday, December 15, reports Euronews.
The huge demonstration came on the same day that EU enlargement chief Stefan Fule announced, via Twitter, that talks on a trade deal with Ukraine had been halted.
Stefan Fuele said on Twitter that the work and deeds of Yanukovych and his government on the deal were "further and further apart."
Four weeks of protest have yielded little result, but opposition leader Vitali Klitschko says most of the country wants closer integration with Europe.
Klitschko told euronews: “70 percent of the Ukrainian population wants to see Ukraine as a part of European family.”
US Senator John McCain became the latest high-profile foreign politician to support Ukraine’s pro-EU activists.
McCain addressed the Kyiv crowd, saying: “Peaceful process and peaceful protest is inspiring your country and inspiring the world. Ukraine will make Europe better, and Europe will make Ukraine better.”
On suspending talks on the EU trade deal last month, Ukraine’s government said it would be refocusing on Russia instead.
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych will visit Moscow next Tuesday. On that day, the Ukrainian opposition will hold another mass street rally at the Independence square.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on December 15 he expected a deal on lower prices for Russian natural-gas deliveries to Ukraine. The opposition fears Yanukovych may take the first steps toward joining a Moscow-led customs union, together with Belarus and Kazakhstan.