Have the People Won? Ukrainian President Just Conceded Early Elections and Constitutional Changes

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>KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday announced early presidential elections and promised to bring opposition members into the government in a bid to defuse a deep crisis in which scores have been killed and hundreds injured.

He also said he agreed to a national unity government, and to make constitutional changes reducing the power of the president.

He gave no time frame, however, and it’s unclear whether his belated concessions will be enough to hold off protesters who have occupied a piece of Kiev and government buildings around the country in a nationwide battle over the identity of their country.

There was no immediate comment from opposition leaders, who were meeting among themselves after a marathon night of meetings with European diplomats.

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“Have the People Won? Ukrainian President Just Conceded Early Elections and Constitutional Changes”