Ukraine protests continue as Yanukovych heads to Russia

17 December 2013 09:49
(QHA) -

The opposition in Ukraine is calling on supporters to turn out in force on December 17 in Kyiv.

The demonstration in the Ukrainian capital will coincide with a visit by President Viktor Yanukovych to Moscow for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, reports RFE/RL.

Demonstrators have been on the streets in Kyiv for nearly four weeks now, angry over a decision by Yanukovych to shelve a long-anticipated accord on closer ties with the European Union.

Ukraine's opposition fears Yanukovych will take the first steps to joining a Russian-led Customs Union when he sits down for talks with Putin.

Analysts say if Putin offers Yanukovych anything, it could be a mix of credit, investment pledges, and a discount on energy prices, particularly natural gas.