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Ukraine leader announces 'truce', start of talks with opposition

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday announced a "truce" and the start of direct talks with the opposition after holding private talks with three anti-government leaders. "Based on the results of the meeting, the sides announced a truce and the start of a negotiations process aimed at ending the bloodshed (and) stabilising the situation in the country for the benefit of civil peace," a statement posted on the president's website said after talks that included opposition leader Vitali Klitschko. zak/dh

Ukraine's Yanukovich agrees 'truce' with opposition, start to negotiations

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Wednesday he had agreed a "truce" with opposition leaders, after street violence in which at least 26 people were killed, and a start to negotiations to end further bloodshed. A statement on the presidential website said that during talks with the three main opposition leaders, Yanukovich had agreed firstly a truce and secondly "the start to negotiations with the aim of ending bloodshed, and stabilizing the situation in the state in the interests of social peace."

Ukraine president wants fresh talks, Klitschko tells paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich wants fresh talks with the opposition on Wednesday, boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko told a German newspaper, adding that he was willing to attend - if police stopped their actions against protesters. "The president wants another meeting with the opposition today and we are willing," Klitschko was quoted as saying on the website of Bild newspaper, where he is a regular columnist.

Klitschko at Ukraine leader's residence for meeting

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko was at the Kiev residence of embattled President Viktor Yanukovych for a meeting as clashes rage between police and protestors on the iconic Independence Square, his spokeswoman said. "Klitschko has arrived at Bankova (location of Yanukovych's residence). He has gone to see Yanukovych," Oksana Zinovieva, spokeswoman for the the former heavyweight boxer, wrote on Twitter. os-del/rmb

Ukrainian opposition's Klitschko says talks with president break down

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's opposition leader Vitali Klitschko said on Wednesday that he has quit talks with President Viktor Yanukovich without reaching any agreement on how to end the violence in Kiev, local media said. "Unfortunately, I bring nothing good from the talks," Ukrainska Pravda website quoted Klitschko as saying. He said that he left the talks after the president demanded that the central square in Kiev occupied by anti-government protesters be unconditionally cleared.

Ukraine opposition leader arrives at president's office for talks

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Vitali Klitschko has arrived at President Viktor Yanukovich's office for talks, Klitschko's spokeswoman said on Tuesday. Klitschko went to meet Yanukovich after riot police advanced onto a central Kiev square occupied by anti-government protesters. At least 14 people have died in the clashes. (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Police carry out assault on main Kiev protest camp

Police on Tuesday launched an assault on the main anti-government protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square after the bloodiest clashes in almost three months of anti-government demonstrations, AFP journalists at the scene said. Police said that a third policeman had died in the clashes, bringing to eight the number of people killed by the violence. Flames tore through the protest camp as armoured water cannon trucks rammed into protestors while riot police followed behind lobbing stun grenades as the iconic square descended into a war zone.

Klitschko urges women and children to quit Kiev protest camp

Opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on Tuesday urged women and children to leave the opposition's main protest camp on Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan, as riot police massed nearby. "We ask women and children to quit Maidan as we cannot rule out the possibility that they will storm (the camp)," the former heavyweight boxing champion told protestors on the square. neo-del/am/cc

Ukraine's opposition leader urges Yanukovich to take riot police off streets

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko, responding to clashes between police and protesters near parliament, on Tuesday urged President Viktor Yanukovich to take riot police off the streets to head off further "conflict in society". "I am appealing to the president. Take the Berkut (Ukrainian riot police) and interior forces off the streets. Do this and it will provide a way out. It will be the decision of a real man," Klitschko said speaking to journalists inside parliament.

Boxing: Maidana says no Mayweather deal as Khan waits

Undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather is making England's Amir Khan and Argentina's Marcos Maidana wait to learn which of them he will fight in May. World Boxing Council champion Mayweather, 45-0 with 26 knockouts, has a scheduled May 3 bout in Las Vegas but has yet to say who he will fight in what figures to be a rich payday for either rival.
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