Ukrainian pro-Russia presidential candidate is beaten

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A Ukrainian presidential candidate, known for his radical pro-Russia views, was beaten early on Tuesday (April 15) by a crowd that took exception to comments he made in a television interview.

Oleh Tsaryov, who has backed Ukraine's membership of the Moscow-led customs union rather than European integration, was attacked after giving an interview to Ukraine's ICTV channel in which his critics said he appeared to back an intervention by Russian troops in Ukraine's rebellious eastern regions.

He later denied he had said this and said he was categorically against Russian forces being sent into Ukraine.

Angry crowds gathered at the studio's offices after his interview and tempers rose after word went round that police had found weapons in his car outside. Video footage from the scene showed guns and cartridge clips.

The 44-year-old Tsaryov, whose presidential bid has only the tiniest support, waited two hours at the studios bef

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