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SLUG: 2-321741 Ukraine / Pol (L-only)
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DATE=1/13/05

TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT

TITLE=UKRAINE / POL (L-ONLY)

NUMBER=2-321741

BYLINE=LISA McADAMS

DATELINE=KIEV, UKRAINE

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HEADLINE: Yanukovych Supporters in Ukraine Start Street Protests

INTRO: Ukraine's former prime minister, Viktor Yanukovych, continues

preparations to file yet another appeal with Ukraine's Supreme Court

contesting the final official results of the December 26th presidential

election, which gave his opponent, Viktor Yushchenko, the win.

Supporters of Mr. Yanukovych took to the streets of two cities Thursday

in the start of what they say will be a full-scale struggle to have

their candidate declared Ukraine's next president. VOA's Lisa McAdams

in Kiev reports:

TEXT: The heart of Kiev's central square echoed with a new sound on

Thursday -- the cheers of some 200 hundred pro-Yanukovych supporters.

/// NAT SOUND OF YANUKOVYCH SUPPORTERS EST. & FADE ///

Some 200 people dressed in Mr. Yanukovych's blue-and-white campaign

colors paraded right through the heart of Kiev's central square, a focal

point of the opposition's street protests that led to opposition leader

Viktor Yushchenko's victory.

The Yanukovych supporters, many of whom favor continued strong ties with

Russia, strode only a few meters away from the massive tent camp where

some of the most strident Ukrainian nationalists remain camped out.

Dozens of special security services from inside the Yushchenko tent camp

formed a protective ring around the Yanukovych supporters to ensure

their safety. As they did so, hundreds of people who just moments

before had been going about their business, began to hiss and jeer at

the pro-Yanukovych supporters.

Rival chants of Yushchenko versus Yanukovych rang out in the air.

Vladimir, a lawyer in Kiev and a Yanukovych supporter, says the struggle

against Mr. Yushchenko has only just begun.

He said he and others who back Mr. Yanukovych came out into the streets

to protest against what he says was mass falsification during the latest

re-run election in the west of Ukraine, a Yushchenko stronghold.

Vladimir says everyone should know that if Mr. Yushchenko is ultimately

sworn in, there will be tough opposition in the east.

/// VLADIMIR ACT IN RUSSIAN, EST. & FADE ///

Vladimir says that opposition will include a full economic blockade,

with the eastern regions refusing to hand over their hard-earned money

to Kiev.

This elderly pensioner, Alla, says she is very angry Mr. Yanukovych and

his team are still trying to, in her words, steal the election. She

says they falsified the first and second round ballot and now, she says,

they want to falsify an appeal.

/// PENSIONER ACT IN RUSSIAN -- EST. & FADE ///

Alla says she is sure the last election was free and fair and that the

pro-Yanukovych people should just accept defeat gracefully.

A significantly larger rally took place Thursday in the eastern

industrial city of Donetsk, a traditional Yanukovych stronghold.

Ukrainian television broadcast pictures of several hundred

pro-Yanukovych supporters rallying in front of a make-shift blue and

white tent camp that is growing in size by the day.

/// REST OPT ///

Meanwhile, campaign manager Taras Chornovyl says submission of Mr.

Yanukovych's appeal to the Supreme Court has been delayed due to what he

called technical issues. He said the appeal could be submitted on

Friday, but many Yushchenko supporters believe the Yanukovych team will

drag things out until midnight Monday -- the deadline by which an appeal

must be filed.

If the Supreme Court accepts the appeal, justices would then have five

days to examine the claims and issue a final ruling. Then and only then

can parliament set a date for president-elect Yushchenko's inauguration.

(Signed)

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