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Ukraines's opposition and government sign peace deal


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Ukraines's opposition and government sign peace deal

Opposition leaders in Ukraine have signed a peace deal with the government, in the hope it will bring an end to the last two days of violence which have seen more than 70 people killed.

The agreement was brokered by three EU foreign ministers and includes a promise of early elections and a return to the Ukraine’s 2004 constitution, which limited presidential powers.

The EU ministers signed the document as witnesses but the Russian envoy did not sign it.

The Ukrainian parliament also voted to change the penal code which will allow former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to be freed from prison.

The Interior Minister Vitaly Zakhartchenko, whonis accused of having ordered police to open fire on protesters, will also be removed from office.

In Kyiv’s Independence Square protesters had mixed feelings.

Euronews correspondent Sergio Cantone who was in the Square said people there looked pretty skeptical about the possible outcomes especially after the casualties of the last few days.

One demonstrator told euronews: “I want to warn everybody that returning to 2004 Constitution is not clear. And this Constitution should be refined.”

Another added: “you know right now there is no leader that can bring this revolution to the end. That is why I agree she [Tymoshenko] should leave.”

A third said: “Zaharchenko should be put on trial, a criminal prosecution. Because so many peaceful people died.”

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