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Ukraine president defiant as protesters raid sites

Vows to bolster Russian alliance after spurning EU

KIEV — Even as thousands of protesters occupied Independence Square, blockaded the Cabinet Ministry, and continued to demand his resignation, President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine on Monday defended his refusal to sign accords with the European Union.

Yanukovych also said he was on the verge of securing lower gas prices from Russia and urged opposition politicians to wait for presidential elections in 2015 to challenge him.

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