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Ex-President Kravchuk Warns Of Ukraine 'Civil War'

A Eurasianet partner post from RFE/RL

Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk has told parliament the country is on the verge of a "civil war" and urged lawmakers to act with utmost responsibility.

Kravchuk, Ukraine's first post-Soviet president, addressed deputies as they met in a special session on January 29 to debate a possible amnesty for demonstrators detained during two months of antigovernment protests and other unrest.

The session was then adjourned while the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych's ruling party tried to reach a compromise.

The opposition wants unconditional amnesty for scores of detained protesters. A draft proposed by Yanukovych's Party of Regions says amnesty is possible only if demonstrators clear the streets and vacate government buildings they now occupy, a demand the opposition has so far rejected.

The amnesty debate comes a day after Yanukovych accepted the resignation of the government and parliament overturned antiprotest laws it passed just two weeks ago.

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By RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service, with reporting by AFP.

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Ex-President Kravchuk Warns Of Ukraine 'Civil War'

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