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Ukraine's Parliament, President Agree To Opposition Demands

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Ukraine's president and parliament have agreed to implement a series of opposition demands in a bid to end the country's deadly political crisis.

Parliament voted on February 21 to clear the way for the release of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko; to restore Ukraine's 2004 constitution; to implement an amnesty for opposition protesters facing possible prosecution; and to dismiss the interior minister.

Separately, President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders have signed an agreement that is expected to lead to an early presidential election and talks on the formation of a unity government.

The European Union and the United States, which have backed the opposition throughout the crisis, have welcomed the moves and called for their swift implementation.

Russia, which backs the government, warned against further foreign interference in Ukraine and urged a national referendum on any constitutional changes. The Foreign Ministry said Moscow was ready to provide continued assistance to Ukraine.

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With reporting from Reuters, RT, AFP, AP, UNIAN, and 15minut.org

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