Ukraine leader on sick leave amid crisis: office

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Kiev: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, who is battling a protest movement against his rule, has contracted a severe form of flu and taken sick leave, his office said on Thursday.

“The president is on sick leave,” Yanukovych’s office said in a statement. Citing deputy head of the State Directorate for Medical Affairs, Olexander Orda, the statement said Yanukovych was down with an “acute respiratory disease accompanied by an elevated temperature.”

AFP

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