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Ukraine opposition says protests will continue despite offer to make leader prime minister

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A top opposition leader in Ukraine’s two-month-long political crisis said yesterday that protests will continue despite the embattled president’s offer to appoint him as prime minister.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk told a large crowd on Kiev’s central square that while the opposition is generally ready to accept leadership of the government ,President Viktor Yanukovych must still meet several key demands of the opposition and that talks will continue.

Yatsenyuk said a special session of parliament called for Tuesday could be decisive. Yanukovych has said that session could discuss a government reshuffle and changes to harsh new anti-protest laws that set off a wave of violent clashes between police and protesters over the past week.

The protests began in November in Kiev when Yanukovych shelved a long-awaited trade pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia, and boiled over into violence a week ago over the new anti-protest laws.

“Tuesday is judgment day,” Yatsenyuk told a large crowd of protesters on Independence Square. “We do not believe a single word of theirs. We believe only actions and results.”

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