SUPPORT FROM AFAR
With EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland in Kiev, protest speakers urged the West to support them in a struggle which has developed into a campaign to force Yanukovich’s resignation. An opposition leader said Nuland talked to protesters. A spokesman for the embassy said she had visited Maidan, where several thousands of protesters were calling for the resignation of
President Viktor Yanukovich. Ukraine would like to secure a 20-billion-euro ($27.5-billion) loan from the EU before it signs a historic association pact with the 28-nation bloc, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Wednesday. “We propose to resolve this issue through the offering to Ukraine of financial assistance. We have determined its approximate size — 20 billion euros,” Azarov told a government meeting in televised remarks.