Ukraine president hints at compromise, but PM slams protesters
Thursday, January 23, 2014 - 01:26
Jan. 23 - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called for an emergency session of parliament to end political crisis and violent unrest as PM questions protest motives. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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The fires of rage burn on the streets of Kiev.
The uproar began last November after President Viktor Yanukovich pulled out of signing a free trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Ahead of talks with the President, Boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko says Yanukovich is the only one who can put a stop to the violence.
(SOUNDBITE) (English) UKRAINIAN FORMER BOXER AND OPPOSITION LEADER VITALY KLITSCHKO, SAYING:
"But one person in our country who have absolute power and have absolute responsibility."
The two leaders met as the government called for an emergency session of parliament to end the crisis -- a sign some read as a softening of the government stance.
But in an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos Prime Minister Mykola Azarov offers more questions than answers.
SOUNDBITE)(Russian) UKRANIAN PRIME MINISTER MYKOLA AZAROV SAYING:
"First of all we need to ask the opposition what is their goal? Do they want to continue to aggravate the situation? Do they want more victims and so on? What are they willing to put at stake? The government, while trying to protect buildings and peace, is acting according to the constitution.
While a temporary truce restored a sense of calms to the streets -- no one is playing a different tune yet.
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