Ukraine's Yanukovich holds crisis talks as thousands mass for rally




 
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December 13th, 2013  
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By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich made few concessions on Friday in crisis talks with the opposition, his first direct attempt to defuse weeks of unrest over a policy swerve to Russia away from Europe. The meeting came as protesters streamed into the capital from mainly western regions for a mass rally on Sunday, boosting thousands already camped out on Kiev's Independence Square, focal point of recent demonstrations. Russia, in the meantime, pointedly demanded that the European Union keep out of Ukrainian affairs. Yanukovich, yielding to calls from the international community, began round-table talks with the opposition to try to find a way out of the conflict which has put Ukraine at the center of an East-West tug-of-war.

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