Yanukovich abandons Kiev compound, opposition demands vote by May

Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, Reuters reports.

Protesters entered the president’s compound in the capital and were controlling the entrance. Security guards were present inside the building but were not trying to expel the protesters.

Yanukovich’s residence outside the capital was also abandoned, and journalists were freely able to enter, local media reported.

A security source said the president was still in Ukraine but was unable to confirm whether he was in Kiev.

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