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



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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emscelebrity January 26 2014 at 4:53 PM

Viktor Yanukovych needs to go and the protesters of his corrupt regieme will see to that...Putin has Yanukovych in his pocket and the Ukrainian people know it...Putin desperately wants the Soviet Union back as it was...But the people of Ukraine understand well what that will get them.

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Richard January 26 2014 at 3:26 AM

Yanukovych's offer of the premiership to the opposition is a stunning move but entirely outside the democractic framework of the nation. Better to call for "snap" elections to decide the country's entire leadership. However, I don't think the opposition will agree as it will most certainly lose at the ballot box.

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Hansi January 26 2014 at 11:08 AM

The Russians have Yanukovych in their pocket and the people don't like it. They have been there before.

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ramonbatt January 26 2014 at 9:26 AM

I am in support of the Ukraine people who understand well what they must do. The protesters understand.

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gwg8 January 26 2014 at 4:55 PM

Ukrainians are a proud people. Their culture dates back way before Russia ever existed. It is their time to unite once more. Let us give them all the support we can. JG

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Larry Lee January 26 2014 at 7:47 AM

Fishhead they have flights that leave everyday to Ukraine. Your more than welcome to board.

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gasmanbiggs9 January 26 2014 at 10:43 AM

well lets not forget that the soviets had control of the country for a long time and when they left ukraine they didnt take all of those ICBMS that they had pointing at us with them ,if ,god forbid the government falls who will have there finger on the triger,and are we looking at a posible russian military action here ,after what happend in georgia .we will have to wait and see

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paulpalfey January 26 2014 at 7:11 AM

Look, I'm an American...I don't know Ukraine from hurricane, alright? We have problems over here.

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fishhead80 paulpalfey January 26 2014 at 7:17 AM

We sure do and he's in the WH. This is what we get when people vote for someone based on race or gender or party affiliation. If we would just vote for the best person based on honesty, intelligence , love of country and ALL citizens, and integrity no matter what race they are or what gender they we'd be better than we've ever been.

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jon fishhead80 January 26 2014 at 9:21 AM

Dream on!!!

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volcraze January 25 2014 at 9:18 PM

Ukrainians are kind hard working people---may they get what they want! You are always on my mind Ukraine!!!

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matthewjames40.matthew January 26 2014 at 1:07 AM

While i admire the opposition's tenacity; they should be careful what they wish for. The whole EU thing didn't work out too well for Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc. Putin and Russia simply provided a better offer of 15 billion compared to 600 million for a bailout of Ukraine. Bravo for giving a middle finger to the EU, IMF and the NWO.

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traderjim7 matthewjames40.matthew January 26 2014 at 1:58 AM

It doesn't matter who they gave the middle finger to, they are still getting bailed out.

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matthewjames40.matthew traderjim7 January 26 2014 at 2:18 AM

Yeah, but all the countries that signed EU deals were worse off because of it. No prosperity. Just lost jobs and high prices.

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d.carns traderjim7 January 26 2014 at 3:03 AM

So who did Obama bail out the entire corporate structure of America for a bought and paid for election.
WAKE UP!

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