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Ukraine as it happened: After the bloodshed, the deal

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By Euronews
Ukraine as it happened: After the bloodshed, the deal

<p>Ukraine opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday, aiming to end a violent standoff that has left dozens dead and opening the way for an early presidential election this year.</p> <p>Russian-backed Yanukovich – under pressure to quit from the mass demonstrations in Kiev – earlier offered a series of concessions to his pro-European opponents, including a national unity government and constitutional change to reduce his powers, as well as the presidential vote.</p> <p>German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said the deal provided for the creation of a national unity government and an early presidential election this year, although no date had been set. The vote had been due in March 2015. </p> <p>A Reuters correspondent at the signing in the presidential headquarters said Yanukovich did not smile during a ceremony lasting several minutes.</p> <p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/euronews/ukraine-live-yanukovych-accepts-opposition-demands/embed" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/euronews/ukraine-live-yanukovych-accepts-opposition-demands.js"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/euronews/ukraine-live-yanukovych-accepts-opposition-demands" target="_blank">View the story "Ukraine live: Yanukovych accepts opposition demands" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p>