21 February 2014, 16:49

Ukrainian opposition to sign deal with Yanukovych – Klitschko

Ukrainian opposition to sign deal with Yanukovych – Klitschko

Ukrainian opposition will sign the deal with President Victor Yanukovych, said opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko. More talks with protester needed, he added.

Ukraine's Yanukovych announces return to 2004 Constitution and early presidential elections

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has announced that, to settle the crisis in Ukraine, he will initiate the reinstatement of the 2004 constitution and call early presidential elections. He also called for starting the procedure of forming a government of national confidence. "I am announcing steps that need to be made in order to restore peace and avoid more victims of the standoff," Yanukovych said in a statement available on the presidential website on Friday.

"These tragic days when Ukraine has taken the gravest losses and when people has died my duty is to state that human lives are very important. We should do our best to take joint steps to restore peace in Ukraine," Yanukovych said.

"I declare the steps that should be taken to restore calm and avoid new victims," the Ukrainian president said.

"I state that I initiate early presidential elections and return the 2004 Constitution by redistributing powers from the president to the parliament," Yanukovych said.

The president called "for starting a procedure of forming a government of national trust".

"As president of Ukraine and guarantor of the Constitution I do my duty before the people, Ukraine and God to preserve the state, people’s lives and for the sake of peace and calm on our land," Yanukovych said.

The Party of Regions faction in the Ukrainian parliament has hailed President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to call the early presidential election, to restore the 2004 Constitution and to create a government of national unity, a parliamentarian from the faction, Vladimir Oleynik said.

"We support all decisions made by the president," he said. "This is a compromise-based decision."

Voice of Russia, Interfax, TASS

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