Ukrainian authorities and opposition reach compromise
KIEV, January 28 (RAPSI) – The Ukarainian authorities reached an agreement with the opposition, that an amnesty would be declared as soon as all occupied government buildings and roads will be released, according to the statement of Justice Minister Yelena Lukash.
The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said earlier Monday that anti-government demonstrators left the Justice Ministry building in Kiev that they stormed and occupied Sunday night.
Lukash had warned that a state of emergency could be declared if the building was not vacated promptly.
Following a meeting between Yanukovych and key opposition leaders, Ukrainian Justice Minister Olena Lukash said “a political decision” has been made to abolish some of the laws that were passed on January 16 and set off a surge of violence that has left at least two protesters dead.
The legislation likely to be abolished Tuesday during a parliamentary session in what could be a major concession to the opposition, which has also insisted that the government call early elections.
Protests initially began after President Viktor Yanukovych announced the decision to postpone the signing of the EU Association Agreement on November 21. Protest rallies broke out anew in central Kiev on January 19 after a series of laws to clamp down on protests had been adopted by Parliament earlier. The rally turned violent when radicals attacked the police.