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No breakthrough after talks between Ukraine's president and opposition leaders

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No breakthrough after talks between Ukraine's president and opposition leaders

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Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych has met opposition leaders in a bid to end weeks of unrest.

But the talks, which lasted more than three hours, ended without either side making any comment.

Before the meeting took place Yanukovych raised cautious expectations of a negotiated settlement when he issued a statement on state television saying he wanted no bloodshed.

“I am confident that Ukraine will become stronger after overcoming its political and economic challenges. Our goals are justice, welfare, and freedom in a free country.”

Yanukovych has so far rejected opposition demands for the dismissal of the government and the prosecution of the interior minister over heavy-handed police tactics.