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Ukraine's Internet Turns On Its President After He Snubs Europe For Russia

Pro-European Ukrainians take their fury out through memes.

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Ukraine shocked the EU and many of its own citizens Thursday when President Viktor Yanukovych's government abruptly pulled out of a deal to bring his country to Europe and declared it would move closer to Russia.

The EU had wooed Yanukovych heavily and long considered the agreement a done deal. In recent weeks, however, concerted economic pressure from Moscow appears to have worked on Yanukovych, mindful of the next presidential election in 2015.

Protesters are gathering at Independence Square in Kiev, or the Maidan, the site of huge demonstrations against Yanukovych during 2004's Orange Revolution. Organizers are using the hashtag #євромайдан. Friday is the revolution's ninth anniversary.

Max Seddon is a correspondent for BuzzFeed World based in Berlin. He has reported from Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and across the ex-Soviet Union and Europe. His secure PGP fingerprint is 6642 80FB 4059 E3F7 BEBE 94A5 242A E424 92E0 7B71

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