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Protests Grow as Ukraine Vote Crisis Deepens

Mass demonstrations against the preliminary outcome of the presidential election expanded here in the capital Tuesday, as the opposition candidate, Viktor A. Yushchenko, declared himself the winner and tried unsuccessfully to force Parliament to invalidate government tallies showing him the loser. Mr. Yushchenko’s supporters swarmed through the capital, staging highly organized rallies at Independence Square and the Supreme Rada, Ukraine’s 450-seat Parliament. On Tuesday night they marched through lightly falling snow to the presidential administration building, where they were met by lines of helmeted police officers standing 12 deep. The demonstrators’ numbers were visibly larger than the day before, when tens of thousands chanted antigovernment slogans, claiming the runoff election on Sunday had been stolen by fraud.Full Story

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