Ukraine's Tymoshenko speaks to protesters
KIEV, Ukraine -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko says the scores of anti-government protesters who were killed this week in Kiev are "heroes" and "the best thing in Ukraine!"
After the opposition icon was released Saturday from a hospital where she was incarcerated, she promised to run for president and then spoke at the protest camp in Kiev's Independence Square where she encouraged the people to keep the camp going.
Tymoshenko looked tired and spoke from a wheelchair as she addressed the euphoric crowd.
The heroine of the 2004 Orange Revolution is the chief rival of President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) whose rule is crumbling after protesters took control of the capital Saturday and parliament voted to remove him from power.
Yanukovych, who left Kiev for his support base in the country's Russian-speaking east, says it's a coup and insists he won't step down.
The White House is welcoming the latest developments in Ukraine and urging the swift formation of a unity government.
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