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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's embattled president slammed the West on Thursday for supporting the massive street protests calling for his ouster and announced plans to partially join a Moscow-led economic union — a move that was likely to deepen Ukraine's political crisis.
Val-d'Isère (France) (AFP) - Lindsey Vonn showed signs of regaining her pre-injury speed by finishing just behind Switzerland's Dominique Gisin in the women's second World Cup downhill training run at Val d'Isere on Thursday. Gisin came down the 2.9km-long OK (Oreiller Killy) course, featuring a vertical drop of 737 metres and on which racers hit speeds in excess of 110kmh, in 1min 49.07sec, with US star Vonn just four-hundredths adrift. Slovenia's reigning world super-G champion Tina Maze produced a strong second-half of the course to come in third at 0.16sec. Austrian trio Anna Fenniger, Elisabeth Goergl and Stefanie Moser were next fastest, ahead of Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch, who won back-to-back downhills in Lake Louise, Canada, at the start of this month.