Ukrainian protesters end occupation of City Hall

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2014 at 2:16 pm •  Published: February 16, 2014
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Earlier Sunday, protesters handed control over City Hall to international mediators from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, who would then hand it back to city authorities. The compromise was reached after the last of 234 jailed protesters were released in the past week under an amnesty that also called for opposition activists to vacate government buildings in Kiev and elsewhere.

But hundreds of angry protesters, clad in protective gear, amassed outside the building, saying they would seize it again if charges were not dropped.

Demonstrators had seized Kiev City Hall on Dec. 1, about a week after mass street protests broke out in response to Yanukovych's decision to abandon a long-anticipated political and economic treaty with the European Union. The president, whose support base is in the Russian-speaking east and south of the country, turned to Russia instead for loans to keep Ukraine's economy afloat.