From  Cox and Forkum:

 CNN reports: Ukraine opposition cancels talks.

Opposition officials say they have cut off negotiations with Ukraine’s government aimed at settling the country’s bitter and divisive presidential election dispute.
The behind-the-scenes talks had been progressing alongside parliamentary debates and the Supreme Court’s consideration of opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko’s charges that voting irregularities cost him victory in his contest with Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

The crisis has brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators to Kiev, where Yushchenko supporters have blocked government buildings for several days. …

With Western observers saying the election did not meet acceptable standards of fairness, the United States and Europe have refused to recognize the results.

But Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose country still has much influence over the former Soviet republic, congratulated Yanukovych and complained of Western meddling.

Putin on Tuesday repeated his call for the Ukraine crisis to be resolved without international intervention.

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