Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has encouraged his supporters to participate in a tour of Eastern Ukraine designed to spread the Orange Revolution to that region.
Yanukovych and Yushchenko face off in a Dec. 26 repeat vote ordered by the Supreme Court.
While Yushchenko garnered support in western and central Ukraine, Yanukovych draw much of his backing from eastern, mainly Russian speaking regions.
Yushchenko’s supporters said that was where the Orange Revolution - which draws its name from his campaign color of orange and the street protests that erupted after the Nov. 21 runoff - was headed.
“We would like the spirit of civil resistance to reach everyone’s heart,” said Vasyl Kuderiavets, a 34-year-old businessman from the western city of Lviv. “Everyone wants to be free. But not everyone realizes that.”
The convoy of more than 150 opposition supporters left Kiev with sirens blaring and orange flags unfurled. They plan to show videos of the protests from Kiev’s Independence Square, to organize rallies - and to leave graffiti on every gray wall they find.