President Viktor Yanukovych said a coup was underway against him after he left Kiev for an eastern stronghold and the country's parliament debated a motion calling for his resignation.


he embattled leader spoke from the eastern city of Kharkiv, the heartland of his support, where he appears to have fled earlier on Saturday, abandoning his presidential residence and offices.

The opposition quickly seized control of both buildings, while the police announced they stood "with the people" and wanted "rapid changes".


Thousands of protesters remained on Kiev's Independence Square to demand Mr Yanukovych resign immediately, sceptical of Friday's European Union-brokered accord under which Mr Yanukovych agreed to give up powers, hold early elections by the end of the year and form a government of national unity.

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