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Ukraine talks fail to end deadlock, uneasy truce holds

Published on Jan 24, 2014 8:45 AM
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Head of Ukrainian UDAR (Punch) party Vitalii Klitschko speaks to protesters at the barricade in the centre of the Kiev late on Jan 23, 2014. Crunch talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych failed Thursday to end Ukraine's crisis but an uneasy truce held after five days of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - Crunch talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych failed Thursday to end Ukraine's crisis but an uneasy truce held after five days of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces.

Ukraine's three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Mr Yanukovych but the relatively minor concessions offered by the president were greeted with derision by tens of thousands of protesters on Independence Square in Kiev.

In a development likely to severely alarm the embattled Mr Yanukovych, angry protesters in half a dozen regions in the nationalist west of Ukraine seized control of regional adminstration buildings.

This week's clashes, which came after two months of protests over Mr Yanukovych's failure to sign an integration deal with the European Union under Russia pressure, have turned parts of Kiev into a battle zone and left five activists dead.

 
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