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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.

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