Ukrainian president to meet opposition leaders when violent resistance is over
18 February 2014, 23:39
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich will meet the opposition leaders when violent resistance ends in Kiev, presidential adviser Anna German, a Party of Regions deputy, said on Tuesday.
She added that the talks would take place only when the opposition changed methods of struggle and removed armed people from the streets and when peace returned to the country.
"Then it will be possible to sit down to talks," Ukraine's independent news agency UNIAN quoted German as saying.
She confirmed that Yanukovich had met opposition representatives on Tuesday but did not go into details.
Ukrainian parliament speaker Vladimir Rybak said earlier on Tuesday that President Viktor Yanukovich and the opposition leaders would meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation in the country.
"The meeting is preliminary set for 11:00 (13:00 Moscow time)," Rybak said.
He explained that the deputies would have to pass decisions, which parliament should be able to consider at its plenary meeting on Thursday.
"On Thursday, we are planning to discuss the creation of a temporary commission that will try to reach an agreement on amendments to the Constitution," Rybak added.
Ukraine's opposition asks for truce till morning
Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk asked Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich for a truce till morning.
The leader of the Ukrainian Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has asked President Viktor Yanukovich for a truce until morning.
Yatsenyuk appealed to Yanukovich while speaking from a stage on Maidan amid a standoff between armed protesters and police.
Police start assault against main Kiev protest camp
Ukrainian riot police are moving in against thousands of protesters on Kiev's Independent Square.
Fresh clashes rocked Kiev's main protest camp on Independence Square with riot police confronting anti-government protestors.
Police warned women and children to leave the area as they moved on opposition positions with water cannon while protestors responded by throwing Molotov cocktails and setting fire to part of the tent encampment.
Ukraine to restrict traffic into violence-torn Kiev
Ukraine will restrict incoming traffic to Kiev from midnight to prevent the escalation of clashes of anti-government protesters with police, the government press agency said on Tuesday.
'To prevent human casualties and the escalation of conflict we ask the citizens of Ukraine to take into account that transport in the direction of Kiev will be restricted from midnight,' it said.
Nine people died during clashes in Kiev on Tuesday, seven civilians and two policemen, police said.
Voice of Russia, TASS, RT, Reuters, DPA, AFP
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