Dec. 10 - Ukraine's pro-Europe protesters scuffle with anti-riot police as a deadline to clear the streets expires. Rough Cut (No reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Defiant protesters in Ukraine scuffled with police early Tuesday (December 10) morning, as a deadline to clear the streets expired. Police gave the protesters five days from last Thursday (December 5) to leave the streets. Protesters said they will not go. It is the second week of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich's decision to abandon a trade deal with the EU in favour of closer ties with Russia. In Kiev's snow-covered streets, protesters were pushing against anti-riot police donned in full gear. Liberals and nationalists have taken to the streets for demonstrations that have at times drawn hundreds of thousands. Thousands have also maintained a protest camp in the city centre, blocked roads, besieged government buildings and occupied the capital's city hall. Yanukovich is expected to meet the EU foreign affairs chief later on Tuesday as well as three former Ukrainian presidents who have proposed talks. Ukraine's dire finances have both provoked the crisis and been worsened by it. EU leaders say their trade pact would have brought investment. But Ukraine's Soviet-era industry relies on Russian natural gas, giving the Kremlin enormous leverage. The crisis has divided Ukraine's 46 million people between its mainly Russian-speaking East, where many view Moscow as a source of stability, and its West, where many native Ukrainian-speakers hope for integration into the European mainstream and despise Russia for decades of harsh Soviet-era oppression.