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Ukraine's president announces early election, unity government

Published on Feb 21, 2014 8:09 PM
 
A general view shows clashes at Independence Square in Kiev, Feb 19, 2014. Beleagured Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich announced plans on Friday, Feb 21, 2014, to hold early presidential elections, form a national unity government and make constitutional changes reducing his powers. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (REUTERS) - Beleagured Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich announced plans on Friday to hold early presidential elections, form a national unity government and make constitutional changes reducing his powers.

He made the announcement in a statement after all-night talks with the opposition and three European Union ministers on resolving a crisis in which 77 people have been killed in two days of gun battles between protesters and police this week.

Mr Yanukovich appeared to be making major concessions to his opponents but did not bow to the main demand of demonstrators protesting in central Kiev - that he quit.

He also did not make clear whether agreement had been reached at the talks.

 
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