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Ukraine President Yanukovych has promised to resign: Lawmaker

Published on Feb 22, 2014 9:39 PM

KIEV (AFP) - A member of Ukraine's Parliament said on Saturday that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest.

Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

“Yatsenyuk demanded in the name of Maidan that Yanukovych resign,” the lawmaker said in reference to the mass anti-government protests that have been raging on central Kiev’s Independence Square since Yanukovych rejected an historic EU trade deal in November.

“Yanukovych promised to put it in writing and we are waiting for him to do so,” Dr Katerynchuk said.

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