Alex Spillius

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It is hard to believe that anyone would take to the barricades over a free trade agreement, even one deemed by the European Union to be “deep and comprehensive”. But that is what appears to be happening in Kiev.

Vast crowds continued to occupy the centre of Ukraine’s capital yesterday in noisy, colourful and sometimes confrontational defiance of the government, which is clearly rattled. The scenes are reminiscent of the Orange Revolution of 2004, when weeks of tumultuous protest forced the re-staging of an election that had been unfairly won by the pro-Moscow Viktor Yanukovych.

“This has all the signs of a coup,” said Mykola Azarov, the prime minister, as thousands laid siege to the government headquarters.…  Seguir leyendo »