In a remarkable comeback, former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich seemed set Monday to become the president of Ukraine -- five years after he was ousted in a populist pro-Western uprising dubbed the "Orange Revolution."
A leading European human rights watchdog has called on Ukraine's Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to admit defeat as initial results showed his West-leaning rival Viktor Yushchenko winning the presidency.
The two men vying to become president of Ukraine exchanged attacks in a bare-knuckled television debate, six days before they face new elections that will be watched closely in many parts of the world.
The European Parliament has called for a rerun of the Ukrainian presidential election between Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych, who was proclaimed the winner amid allegations of fraud.
Ukraine's parliament has voted to ask President Leonid Kuchma to dismiss the government of Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych to help end a political crisis triggered by a contested presidential election.
Prodded by international mediators, the two rivals in Ukraine's disputed presidential election met face-to-face Wednesday and reached a compromise agreement for the opposition to lift its blockade of government buildings and for both sides to work on unifying the country.
Ukraine's parliament has rejected the results of the country's presidential election and called for a new vote, nonbinding moves that indicate rising uneasiness with the standoff between the two candidates.
The two candidates in Ukraine's disputed presidential election and mediators announced Friday a working group for further talks, but reached no other agreement on resolving the crisis gripping the country.
"This is only the beginning," Ukraine's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko told tens of thousands of cheering supporters after the country's Supreme Court barred publication of disputed presidential election results until his appeal hearing.
Opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko has called the results of Ukraine's election "fraudulent" but promised there would be no violence from the thousands of demonstrators packed into Kiev's Independence Square.
Despite cold temperatures and blowing snow, large crowds have gathered in three Kiev locations, shouting and waving flags and signs to support opposition presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko after what they claim was a fraudulent election.