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Ukraine leader Yanukovych willing to hold early elections: Polish PM

Published on Feb 21, 2014 4:57 AM
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych speaks in Kiev on Feb 19, 2014, during his address to the nation. -- PHOTO: AFP

WARSAW (AFP) - Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych told EU envoys he was willing to hold early elections this year, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said Thursday, after clashes between anti-government protesters and police in Kiev left dozens dead.

The foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland held talks with Yanukovych on Thursday to negotiate a document that "possibly offers some hope towards breaking the chain of violence", Tusk told reporters in Warsaw.

"Among other things it was agreed with Yanukovych that there was a willingness to hold early elections this year, both presidential and parliamentary," Tusk said about the talks with France's Laurent Fabius, Germany's Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Poland's Radoslaw Sikorski.

Tusk added that Yanukovych was willing to form a national unity government in the next 10 days and to change the constitution before the summer.

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