Ukrainian president offers PM's job to opposition leader

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The Ukrianian president has offered the job of Prime Minister to the leader of the opposition movement, and the job of Deputy Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to boxer Vitaly Klitschko, as a way out of the crisis currently gripping the country.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk was the Ukrainian Minister of Economy from 2005 to 2006; and the Foreign Minister of Ukraine in 2007. He is currently one of the leaders of Ukraine’s opposition “Fatherland” party along with Yulia Tymoshenko, the ex-Prime Minister.

Meanwhile it is reported that the unrest on the streets continues and that riot police are spraying the protesters’ clothes with water, which quickly freezes in the sub-zero temperatures.

Police have called on peaceful protesters in Maidan Square to leave, saying those who stay will be considered as extremists and may have force used against them.

Earlier on Saturday, demonstrators were sending out a defiant message.

“Yanukovych is really out of his mind. He is living in his own dreamworld – full of the illusions of his own gang. He does not understand what is going on. And he should realise this: this is the end of your rule,” said one protester.

The police also say two officers they accused protesters of holding hostage in Kyiv city hall have been freed, and are in hospital after being tortured. The opposition denied holding them.

Amnesty International has said it’s concerned for the wellbeing of an opposition activist believed to have been abducted.

Two protesters were killed last week during clashes with police, while another was found dead after allegedly being tortured.

The protests have spread beyond the capital. Demonstrators have occupied local government buildings in several regions of Ukraine.

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