X
X

Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Finish Talks As Police Battle Protesters

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

KYIV -- Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has met with opposition leaders as police battled antigovernment protesters in Kyiv and word spread of the first violent deaths as a result of the unrest.

WATCH: RFE/RL Reporters Describe Beatings

The countries three main opposition leaders -- Vitali Klitschko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Oleh Tyahnybok -- said there were no concrete results from the meeting, which lasted more than three hours.

The presidency described it as a "first step" in a negotiating process.

The talks came after at least two people were killed as a result of gunshot wounds.

Activists said the two men were shot dead by police, but the Interior Ministry said police did not use live ammunition.

They were the first fatalities since protests over Yanykovych's decision not to sign an association treaty with the European Union began more than two months ago.

WATCH: RFE/RL Reporters Describe Beatings

To read the full story

Copyright (c) 2014. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Finish Talks As Police Battle Protesters

1 / 1
X
> <