Ukraine’s Yanukovich ready for talks

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Riot police remove a barricade set up by supporters of EU integration outside the presidential administration building in Kiev.

Kiev - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, facing mass protests calling for his resignation, will hold talks on Friday with former president Leonid Kravchuk, heads of parliamentary factions and church leaders.

A spokesman for Kravchuk said opposition leaders had been invited to the “round-table” meeting but that he did not know whether they would attend.

Vitaly Klitschko, a top opposition politician, said this week he would not hold talks with Yanukovich after protesters were attacked by riot police at a demonstration.

A spokeswoman said on Friday Klitschko's position had not changed.

Thousands of protesters have rallied in Kiev's central square for three weeks over the government's U-turn on policy away from the European Union towards Russia.

They are demanding Yanukovich step down. - Reuters

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