Ukraine ex-prime minister calls for more protests

  • 23 February 2014
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Jenny explains what's been happening in Ukraine

In Ukraine the whereabouts of President Yanukovych remains unclear, while a controversial former prime minister has urged protests to continue.

The president has not been seen since Friday and after being removed by MPs on Saturday, it's thought he's fled the capital city Kiev.

Ukraine's parliament voted to hold a presidential election on 25 May, but President Yanukovych has vowed not to stand down. The vote came after police stopped guarding presidential buildings.

On Saturday the former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko - who was sent to prison by President Yanukovych in 2011 - was also freed by parliament.

She spoke to thousands of people in Kiev and urged them to continue protesting. But her arrival divided opinion and some people didn't want to listen to her.

Since Tuesday, 88 people have died in the violent clashes between protestors and police.

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