Ukraine president offers second-in-command post to opposition amid violent protests

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Ukraine president offers second-in-command post to opposition amid violent protests
A protester prepares to throw a tire onto a fire during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions - but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
Black smoke rise during clashes between protesters and police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions - but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A protester throws a stone against riot police during a clash in central Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. Ukraine's Interior Ministry has accused protesters in Kiev of capturing two of its officers as violent clashes have resumed in the capital and anti-government riots spread across Ukraine. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
Protesters stand behind the barricade in front of riot police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday Jan. 25, 2014. Ukraine's Interior Ministry has accused protesters in Kiev of capturing two of its officers as violent clashes have resumed in the capital and anti-government riots spread across Ukraine. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
A protester uses a slingshot during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014. As riots spread from Ukraine's embattled capital to nearly half of the country, President Viktor Yanukovych promised Friday to reshuffle his government and make other concessions - but a top opposition leader said nothing short of his resignation would do. Hours after the president's comments, huge fireballs lit up the night sky in central Kiev and plumes of thick black smoke rose from burning tires at giant barricades erected by protesters. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
FILE In this file photo taken on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, Protesters use fireworks during clashes with police in central Kiev, Ukraine. The mass protests in Kiev, the capital, erupted after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych spurned a pact with the European Union in favor of close ties with Russia, which offered him a $15 billion bailout. (AP Photo/Evgeny Feldman, file)
A protester warms himself behind the barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday Jan. 24, 2014. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky cease-fire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting "revolution" and "shame." (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 25: Medics evacuate an injured anti-government protester during clashes with police on Hrushevskoho Street near Dynamo stadium on January 25, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. After two months of primarily peaceful anti-government protests in the city center, new laws meant to end the protest movement have sparked violent clashes in recent days. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
A priest holds an icon at a barricade of the anti-government demonstrators in the center of Kiev early on January 24, 2014. Crunch talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych failed Thursday to end Ukraine's crisis but an uneasy truce held after five days of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces. Ukraine's three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych but the relatively minor concessions offered by the president were greeted with derision by tens of thousands of protesters on Independence Square in Kiev. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)
KIEV, UKRAINE - JANUARY 24: Molotov cocktails prepared by anti-government protestors are seen in a tyre wall near Dynamo Stadium on January 24, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. Talks to resolve the political stalemate in the Ukraine have failed as anti government protests continue in the capital and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko urges the government to call a snap election. (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)
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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - Ukraine's embattled president is offering the country's premiership to one of the leaders of the opposition that has conducted two months of intensifying protests.

A statement on President Viktor Yanukovych's website Saturday evening said he had offered the job to Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

There was no immediate comment from Yatsenyuk and it was unclear whether the offer would mollify the radical faction of protesters who have clashed with police for much of the last week.

The opposition has demanded that Yanukovych himself step down and call early elections.

The prime minister's job is the country's No. 2 political position.

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