Ukrainian riot police withdraw after overnight move on demonstrators




 
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Ukrainian riot police withdraw after overnight move on demonstrators
 
December 11th, 2013  
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Ukrainian riot police withdraw after overnight move on demonstrators
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Battalions of Ukrainian riot police withdrew on Wednesday from a protest camp after moving against demonstrators overnight in the authorities' biggest attempt yet to reclaim streets after weeks of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich. Columns of police abandoned positions around a protest camp and state buildings occupied by demonstrators enraged at Yanukovich's decision to spurn an EU trade deal and move Ukraine further into Russia's orbit. Within hours, after meetings with U.S. and European Union officials who had urged him to compromise, Yanukovich asked his opponents to meet him to negotiate a way out of the impasse: "I invite representatives of all political parties, priests, representatives of civil society to national talks," he said in a statement that also called on the opposition not to "go down the road of confrontation and ultimatums".

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