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Ukrainian president takes sick leave amid crisis

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s embattled president is taking sick leave, his office announced today, a surprise development that left unclear how efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis would move forward. Protesters have been calling for his resignation for two months.

A statement on the presidential website said the 63-year-old Viktor Yanukovych has an acute respiratory illness and a high fever. There was no indication of how long he might be on leave or whether he would be able to do any work. He was not known to have any previous health issues.

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