November 28, 2004

Ukraine Group Gives President Ultimatum

KIEV, Ukraine - Ukraine's opposition gave outgoing President Leonid Kuchma an ultimatum Sunday, warning it would block his movements unless he fired the prime minister, who purportedly won last week's presidential election, and fulfilled other demands within 24 hours.

Yulia Tymoshenko, a top ally of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych's challenger in the Nov. 21 presidential election, told a rally of about 100,000 opposition supporters in Kiev's main square that Kuchma had until Monday evening to fire Yanukovych.

The prime minister was declared the winner of an election that the United States and other Western nations say was marred by massive fraud. Demonstrators say Viktor Yushchenko, a Western-leaning candidate, actually won the vote.

Tymoshenko also opposition protesters would block Kuchma's movements if he did not fulfill the demands.