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OPPOSITION LEADERS HAVE VOWED TO CONTINUE THEIR CAMPAIGN TO OUST UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT LEONID KUCHMA DESPITE 200 ARRESTS AT THE LATEST PROTEST

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Independence Square in KyivTaras Stetskiv, a leader of the anti-Kuchma National Salvation Front, said demonstrators would picket the prosecutor general"s office and the Interior Ministry building on Sunday to demand the release of their comrades. CNN


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THE FIRST UKRAINE-AMERICAN BUSINESS FORUM TO BE HELD IN CHICAGO


www.ukrop.com This business congress on intensification of trade and economic cooperation between the two states will be opened in the Center of the World Trade.

Representatives of government and business circles are to participate in the forum.

Permanent Representation of Ukrainian Union of businessmen and industrialists will be opened in Chicago during the holding of the forum.


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PRESIDENT LEONID KUCHMA ON SATURDAY CONDEMNED DEMONSTRATORS WHO HURLED ROCKS AND BOTTLES AT POLICE IN THE MOST VIOLENT PROTESTS YET IN A POLITICAL SCANDAL OVER A SLAIN JOURNALIST


www.ukrop.com (citing AOL). As many as 18,000 people joined in Friday"s rally - a huge gathering for this usually quiet city - and hundreds were arrested after clashing with police. At least six people were injured.

Kuchma's opponents accuse him of playing a role in the death of journalist Heorhiy Gongadze, whose headless body was found in November, and of failing to check corruption and solve Ukraine"s economic ills.

Kuchma, who denies any role in Gongadze"s disappearance or death, said there could be no dialogue with violent protesters. But he held out the possibility of "round table"" discussions with the peaceful opposition in parliament as a way to address the turmoil.

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SOME TRANSCARPATHIAN REGIONS ARE ANNOUNCED ZONES OF ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY


www.ukrop.com 9 people died. 238 settlements with 31,509 houses are submerged. Evacuation of people continues.


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240 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN ARRESTED BY MARCH 10 NIGHT


www.ukrop.com Arrested are: members of Ukrainian National Assembly, Socialist Party of Ukraine, Ukrainian National Party "Sobor", Ukrainian Conservative Republican Party and student organizations.

94 students of Lviv academies were detained. Opposition parties offices were smashed up.


Floods Again Devastate Transcarpathian Region of Ukraine

THE DEATH TOLL IN INTENSE FLOODING IN WESTERN UKRAINE ROSE TO FIVE
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At least 20,000 houses were flooded in at least 200 submerged villages in western Ukraine and northeastern Hungary.

More than 35,600 people have been evacuated from Ukraine's Zakarpattia region since Tuesday because of heavy rains and melting snow that have overflowed rivers and burst dikes around the Carpathian Mountains, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The ministry said Thursday that two more bodies had been discovered, raising the flood"s death toll to five.


Protesters Remove Flowers From Shevchenko Monument

AFTER THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE HAD LAID FLOWERS TO TARAS SHEVCHENKO MONUMENT THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE OPPOSITION ACTION THREW THE FLOWERS OFF THE MONUMENT AND TRAMPLED THEM DOWN
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Independence Square in Kyiv Five members of Ukrainian Nationalist Party were arrested and taken to the local police station.

After Patriarch Filaret had celebrated Divine Liturgy near Taras Shevchenko monument 4-5 thousands of people began the meeting.

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