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Ukraine Protesters Gather President To Return
Protesters held one of their largest rallies in weeks in Ukraine as the president announced he will return from sick leave.
More than 50,000 people amassed at the main site in the central square of Kiev on Sunday, again calling for Viktor Yanukovych's resignation.
Top opposition figures, former boxer Vitali Klitschko and ex-foreign minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, spoke at the rally, urging supporters to push forward with their demands.
They emphasised the importance of all arrested protesters being released immediately.
"We must free all. Freedom to every hero," Mr Yatsenyuk said, claiming there were 116 people being held.
The latest demonstration comes a day after the protest movement won key backing from Western officials, including US Secretary of State John Kerry, at a security conference in Munich.
Mr Klitschko told the crowd he requested at the meeting "international mediation in our negotiations with Yanukovych so there are no misunderstandings".
Mr Yatsenyuk, who also attended the Munich conference, said: "We spoke to our Western partners and told them that we need real financial aid.
"They are ready to do it. By 'we', I mean the Ukrainian people. Not a single kopeck should go to the Yanukovych regime."
Also on Sunday, President Yanukovych's office announced he was ready to return to work after going on leave on Thursday.
The beleaguered leader had been battling an acute respiratory illness, while trying to negotiate an end to the country's political crisis, which started in November.
"The president of Ukraine is feeling well, his health is satisfactory. Viktor Yanukovych intends to return to work on Monday," the presidency said.
The protests kicked off when Mr Yanukovych turned his back on a long-awaited agreement to deepen ties with the European Union.
They quickly grew into a movement encompassing a wide range of grievances after police violently broke up some of the early protests.
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