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Wednesday, 25 September, 2002, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
In pictures: Ukraine protests
Thousands of Ukrainians have defied a government ban on demonstrations to stage a mass protest in the centre of the country's capital, Kiev.

They are calling for the resignation of President Leonid Kuchma or for early elections to be held.

Riot police [photo: AP]
Riot police were out in force for the protests

Ukrainian parlamentaries
Some opposition deputies spent a night in the presidential building demanding a meeting with Mr Kuchma

Protesters on the streets of Kiev
Thousands of demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans

Protesters carried an effigy of President Kuchma
Protesters complained of falling living standards

Julia Tymoshenko faces riot police
...before being pushed back by the riot police moments later

Leonid Kuchma and one of the protesters, an army colonel
President Kuchma says he will serve out his term

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