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Ukraine president meets key opposition demands in new deal: Reports

Published on Feb 21, 2014 5:26 PM
 
Ukrainian opposition members celebrate during the voting in parliament in Kiev, Feb 20, 2014. Ukraine's president said on Friday, Feb 21, 2014, a deal had been clinched to end a three-month-old standoff with opposition protesters after the worst day of violence left more than 60 dead and turned central Kiev into a war zone. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's president said on Friday a deal had been clinched to end a three-month-old standoff with opposition protesters after the worst day of violence left more than 60 dead and turned central Kiev into a war zone.

Police opened fire with Kalashnikovs on groups advancing behind makeshift shields while opposition medics said government snipers picked off protesters from rooftops on Thursday, in scenes that sparked global alarm.

Envoys from Germany, Poland and France - who negotiated through the night with Mr Viktor Yanukovych - warned, however, that the deal was not yet definitive.

"The parties agreed on the initialling of an agreement to resolve the crisis," the presidency said in a statement after the night of talks that also included a Russian envoy.

 
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