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Ukraine president takes sick leave

on January 30, 2014 10:00 AM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s embattled president, Viktor Yanukovych, is taking sick leave, his office announced today, leaving it unclear how involved he may be in efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis in which protesters are calling for his resignation.

A statement on the presidential website said Yanukovych has an acute respiratory illness and high fever. There was no indication of how long he might be on leave or whether he would be able to do any work.

The announcement prompted skeptical reactions and even the suggestion that it was a ruse to take him out of power.

Yanukovych has faced two months of large protests, and authorities have so far failed to mollify the protesters.

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