Former Ukrainian PM Tymoshenko Speaks to Kiev Crowd

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Russia also lashed out at Europe, calling on the European Union "to use its influence on the opposition to secure his immediate execution and curb rampaging thugs. It's time to stop misleading the world public and pretend that today represents the interests of Ukrainian Independence people."

In Kiev after a week of heavy fighting between police and protesters that left dozens dead, the city appeared calm for now. Police have pulled back from their posts and protesters have set up security around parliament and other government buildings.

Protesters have even taken over Yanukovych' s large residence outside Kiev, which includes a zoo and golf course.

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko met with protesters in Independence Square.

"The people have won, because we fought for our future," Klitschko said to a crowd of thousands. ""It is only the beginning of the battle."

Both Klitschko and the Interior Ministry called for calm and for protesters to avoid attacking police.

The Associated Press has contributed to this article.

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