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Yanukovych Still Wants EU Accord

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The EU's Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius has concluded with vows to continue working toward Ukraine's future signing of association and free-trade agreements with the bloc.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Kyiv wants to sign a pact "in the nearest future" despite not doing so during the two-day summit.

A final summit declaration said all participants in the Vilnius summit "take note of the unprecedented public support for Ukraine's political association and economic integration with the EU."

Meanwhile, in Kyiv, protests continued over European integration.

Tens of thousands of pro-European demonstrators, many of them students, gathered in Independence Square, hub of the 2004 Orange Revolution protests, to show their support for Ukraine's European path.

A rival anti-EU protest attended mainly by Yanukovych supporters, many of them reportedly bused in from the Yanukovych power base in eastern Ukraine, was held nearby in the European Square.

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Reporting by RFE/RL's Rikard Jozwiak in Vilnius. With additional reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

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Yanukovych Still Wants EU Accord

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