As it happened: Ukraine unrest: Kiev tense

Key Points

  • Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders have signed a deal seeking to end the political crisis in the country
  • The president says new elections are to be held before the end of December.
  • Mr Yanukovych said the intention was to set up a unity government within 10 days.
  • Ukraine's parliament has approved the restoration of the 2004 constitution, curbing presidential powers
  • MPs voted to dismiss the interior minister and approve an amnesty for protesters accused of involvement in violence
  • Dozens of people were killed in clashes between protesters and police in Kiev on Thursday - the bloodiest day of the unrest. All times GMT.

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    Welcome to our continuing coverage of unrest in Ukraine - a day after the deadliest clashes since anti-government protests began. At least 75 people were killed. Foreign ministers from Germany, France and Poland have been mediating crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, who has announced that a deal has been reached to resolve the crisis. Neither the opposition nor the European foreign ministers have confirmed the announcement.


    The signing of an agreement to resolve the crisis is expected at 12:00 (10:00 GMT), the presidential statement says. It says that no details of the agreement were given.

    The Telegraph's Roland Oliphant

    tweets: An intermittent bit of firework bangs, but Maidan is calm this morning


    "It is a dark day for Europe when a government guns down its citizens," an editorial in The Times says. "The only slim consolation from the killing of two dozen demonstrators in Kiev is that it will speed the end of President Yanukovych."


    The Interfax-Ukraine news agency says that there are up to 5,000 protesters in Kiev's Independence Square as of 05:20 local time on Friday morning while "no law enforcers have been spotted in the immediate vicinity of the barricades or in the streets adjacent to Independence Square". Protesters had been preparing tyres and petrol bombs and bringing them to the barricades all night, it says.


    The Ukraine deal sees early elections, coalition, constitution change, AFP quoting TV reports says.

    Protesters in Independence Square on Friday morning It is estimated that about 5,000 protesters were in Independence Square on Friday morning
    Steve Rosenberg, BBC correspondent in Kiev

    tweets: Talk of a deal to be "initialled" in Kiev? I remember Ukrainian authorities "initialled" Association Agreement with EU. But never signed it.


    Mr Fabius has urged caution, Reuters reports, saying that the opposition needs more consultation time.


    French news agency AFP quotes Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius as saying: "We cannot say anything definitive before the end of the morning" in relation to the possible signing of an agreement.


    A preliminary deal due to be signed later today between President Yanukovych and the opposition includes changes to the constitution, a coalition government and early presidential elections in December, the privately-owned 1+1 channel is reported to have said. The agreement would see Ukraine revert to its 2004 constitution within 48 hours and a formation of a coalition government within 10 days, it says.


    Opposition Fatherland Party MP Andriy Shevchenko tells the BBC that he is optimistic that parliament will pass significant new legislation on Friday to resolve the crisis. "We expect that parliament will start passing new resolutions which will find a way out of this political crisis and it is expected that it will change the constitution in order to reduce the powers of the president."

    Myroslava Petsa, 5 Channel correspondent in Kiev

    tweets: Canada issues travel ban & imposes economic sanctions on #Yanukovych & other #Ukraine's top officials - statement by PM Stephen Harper


    French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius: "Talks were held in a very difficult atmosphere given the country is or was on the verge of civil war. We had agreed with the government and the opposition not to issue a statement before everything had been agreed."


    All blockades at Polish border crossings with Ukraine have been cleared, Reuters reports, quoting Polish border guards.


    "In this sort of situation, as long as things haven't really been wrapped up, it's important to remain very cautious," French Foreign Minister Fabius tells Europe 1 radio. "The opposition wants to consult with some of its members, which is entirely understandable."

    Protester Kateryna_Kruk

    tweets: General mood on maidan-ppl aren't satisfied with treaty which Yanuk remains in power.least they demand is a trial for him.


    Pro-government MPs are leaving Kiev "en masse" on charter flights, according to the Lviv-based ZIK TV channel, quoting sources. Employees at Zhulyany airport in Kiev told the channel that the number of charter flights was three times higher than on other days and that "expensive cars" were arriving at the VIP terminal, carrying mostly women.


    Talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine will resume at midday (10:00 GMT) on Friday, a Polish foreign ministry spokesman quoted by AFP said.

    Protesters in Independence Square Hundreds of people remained in Independence Square on Friday morning

    Polish PM Donald Tusk says that a draft agreement with Ukraine's presidency ready, but final deal has not yet been reached, Reuters reports.

    The BBC's Duncan Crawford

    tweets: Surge of protesters in Independence Sq. Announcement on stage says police from Kviv have arrived.

    The Guardian's Shaun Walker

    tweets: On road into Kiev, no roadblocks today. Confusion abounds about content or even existence of deal that Yanukovych says to be announced at 12


    More on the re-opening of border crossings between Poland and Ukraine: Ukrainians had blocked some roads leading up to crossings earlier in the week, Reuters reports, as part of widespread protests against their government, prompting concern in Poland that the unrest cold damage trade. "There are no more blockades. All crossings with Ukraine are functioning normally," guards' spokeswoman Joanna Rokicka told Reuters.


    BREAKING: Ukrainian protesters have opened fire on police between Kiev's Independence Square and the parliament building, a police statement said.

    "Participants in the mass disorder opened fire on police officers and tried to burst through in the direction of the parliament building," the statement said according to Reuters.


    Ukraine has cancelled its planned issue of five-year Eurobonds worth $2bn, Reuters has quoted the finance ministry as saying in a statement.


    The leader of ruling Party of Regions' faction in parliament, Oleksandr Yefremov, tells Interfax-Ukraine that the crisis deal will be signed at 10:00 GMT. Under it, the constitution is to be changed in September to curb presidential powers, with early presidential elections in December.

    08:53: The BBC's Duncan Crawford

    tweets: "Several dozen police from Lviv [a city in Western Ukraine] have arrived in Independence Sq. They have defected. Over 100 activists also arrive. Some have hunting rifles."


    Fires still burn today in Kiev's, Independence Square


    Shots ring out across Kiev's Independence Square amid efforts to reach settlement of deadly crisis, AP report.


    Deputy parliamentary speaker Koshulynsky says in parliament that men with machine guns were in the building, but have now left. Steps are being taken to find out who they were.


    Opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk, speaking in the parliament building about 1.5 km from Independence Square, is quoting by AP as saying armed police had entered the premises but the deputy speaker said they had been forced back out of the building.


    Ukrainian parliament speaker Volodymyr Rybak (who is a senior member of the ruling Party of Regions) has formally signed parliament's resolution passed last night to condemn the recent violence and order troops and police back to their bases. This could be a sign of the government's acceptance of the resolution - Ukrayinska Pravda website.


    A recording of radio conversations by probable snipers has been posted on the Internet, news website Ukrayinska Pravda reports. They appear to be based in the Ukrayina hotel overlooking Independence Square. "Attention to Hrushevskyy Street, get ready to work. If there is movement with weapons, report and work. Berkut [riot police] are preparing to move forward, we'll be covering them," one of the voices says in Russian. "The roofs of the tall buildings are the priority," says another. The report carries a 15-minute Youtube clip of the voices. (BBC Monitoring)


    Scuffles broke out in Ukrainian parliament after speaker Volodymyr Rybak (who is from the ruling party) proposed an adjournment until 1400 GMT. Agenda includes restoring constitution of 2004 to curb presidential powers, amnesty for those involved in protests. Parliament now adjourned until 1000 GMT - TV 5 Kanal relay

    09:12: Kyiv Post's Christopher Miller

    tweets: #Ukraine parliament is breaking for one hour to work on new bills regarding 2004 constitution and release of detained protesters.


    Ukrainian police fired back when shot at by protesters between Kiev's Independence Square and parliament - police statement quoted by Reuters

    Kiev, Ukraine

    A scene of destruction at one of the several barricades which have been built up by protesters in Kiev, Ukraine. Picture taken today.

    09:20: KyivPost

    tweets: "Despite reports of gunshots, @KyivPost reporter on Institutska [a street in Kiev, Ukraine] says no shooting. No policemen. Only police trucks blocking roadway."


    Polish PM Donald Tusk has urged caution over Ukraine in the Polish parliament, the BBC's Adam Easton reports in Warsaw. "An agreement has not yet been reached, only the content of an eventual agreement, since the proper subjects to build such an agreement are people," the PM said. "It's hard to think that today in Ukraine, especially in Kiev, there are enthusiasts who agree with (President) Yanukovych. "

    Anti-government protesters sleep in City Hall in Kiev

    Anti-government protesters slept overnight in City Hall in Kiev, Ukraine.


    The police statement about the latest exchanges of fire on Friday in the Independence Square area did not say whether there had been any casualties, Reuters reports. It said the police had sent in armed reinforcements to enable the officers to retreat when they came under fire. Protesters have not immediately commented on the police statement, Reuters says.

    A protester in Kiev, Ukraine

    A protester throws another tyre onto one of several burning fires in Kiev.


    Here is a re-cap of the latest developments:

    • Shots have been fired near Independence Square in central Kiev where protesters are confronting the government
    • President Yanukovych says he has reached a deal with the opposition after all-night talks mediated by three EU foreign ministers
    • However France and Poland have voiced caution, saying the deal was not definitive, while the opposition has not confirmed Mr Yanukovych's claim
    • Scuffles are reported to have broken out in parliament between government and opposition supporters. Earlier there were reports that armed police had briefly entered the premises

    Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko issues a statement offering condolences to those killed in the recent violence: "These days will go down in Ukraine's history as days of mourning for the Ukrainian people. I sincerely commiserate with the families of those who have died. It is saddening that someone is trying to keep security personnel and people at different sides of the barricades and is trying to divide the people," he says.

    09:44: Alex Marshall

    tweets: The end of #Yanukovych is near. Armed West Ukraine police join the people on #euromaidan. I'm off to Maidan [Independence Square] to donate some more money."


    More from Interior Minister Zakharchenko's statement: "Police are from the people and have always been with the people no matter how hard politicians have tried to divide us." He also repeats assertions made on Thursday that security personnel had to use weapons to allow police to retreat from opposition gunfire.


    Foreign intervention in Ukraine was not among the options discussed by the European Union after all-night talks in Brussels yesterday, Europe Minister David Lidington tells BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I don't think anybody is talking about external intervention from sources," he says.


    As bloody clashes in Ukraine continue, British Prime Minister David Cameron is embarking on a round of telephone diplomacy, the British Press Association news agency reports. It says he is speaking to world leaders including Russian President Vladimir Putin, who "has been the strongest international backer of the Yanukovych regime".


    "You need to understand that by defending extremists you wage war not on the government or the police, you are at war with yourself and your own Fatherland!" the statement by Interior Minister Zakharchenko says.


    Under the proposed deal brokered with President Yanukovych, Ukraine's constitution will be reformed by September, cutting presidential powers, Reuters reports.


    Euromaiden PR have issued a statement on social networking site Facebook saying the Yanukovych is era is "experiencing its final days and hours".

    The message goes on to say that "the remnants of conscientious MPs from the presidential Party Regions are urgently leaving the party and their respective factions at the Ukrainian Parliament en masse".

    @EuromaidenPR claims to be "the Official International Public Relations Secretariat for the Headquarters of National Resistance of the EuroMaidan".


    The total number of police killed in the recent unrest has risen to 16, while 410 have been taken to hospital, a statement posted on the Interior Ministry website says.


    Russian President Vladimir Putin's weekly meeting with the permanent members of the Russian Security Council on Friday was devoted to the crisis in Ukraine, Interfax news agency reports.

    An anti-government protestor receives a medical assistance behind a barricade in Kiev, Ukraine.

    An anti-government protester receives medical assistance behind a barricade in Kiev today.


    President Yanukovich and the opposition are expected to sign an EU-brokered agreement that will resolve Ukraine's crisis later today, Reuters reports a senior EU diplomat is quoted as saying. But the opposition still wants some changes, the diplomat says. Details of the deal are scarce except that it is expected to include constitutional reforms to be carried out by September which are expected to curtail the president's powers.

    Close-up shot of an unidentifiable protester in Kiev, Ukraine

    A close-up shot of an unidentifiable protester taken in Kiev, Ukraine, today.


    Several dozen policemen from the western region of Lviv have arrived at Independence Square in Kiev "to protect" the demonstrators, 5 Kanal TV reports.


    Police colonel Vasyl Krykyavsky has vowed to defend protesters in Kiev's Independence Square after arriving from the western city of Lviv together with a group of some 50 policemen.

    "We know how to use weapons, and we will respond if at least one shot is fired at the people... We will defend our people as demanded by the constitution and our oath. We are here to prevent violence, to protect peaceful demonstrations for people's rights and freedoms," he tells demonstrators from the stage in Kiev's main protest camp - UNIAN news agency.

    Rioting in Kiev, Ukraine

    A policeman aims a weapon in the direction of protesters in Kiev, Ukraine.


    One of the world's leading credit rating agencies has downgraded Ukraine in light of political uncertainty and violent clashes in the capital Kiev. Read more detail by clicking on the link.


    A group of opposition activists has rallied against the deal reportedly reached with President Yanukovych. "His immediate resignation is what we demand, not elections in December this year," their leader, prominent activist Ihor Lutsenko, told Ukrayinska Pravda website.


    The European Union expects a "temporary" deal to be signed today between President Yanukovych and the opposition, AFP reports.


    About 250 "former policemen, Afghan war veterans and various ex-servicemen" have also joined the protesters in Independence Square, 5 Kanal TV says.

    Protesters near October Palace in Kiev, Ukraine

    Anti-government protesters block the bus in which policemen, captured yesterday, were being held, near the October Palace in Kiev, Ukraine.


    Opposition Fatherland MP Mykola Tomenko has appealed to Defence Minister Pavlo Lebedyev to organise the return "to their place of permanent deployment" a battalion of marines from Crimea which arrived by special train overnight with full combat gear for use in Kiev, the UNIAN news agency has reported.


    The preliminary deal struck overnight on Thursday would see Ukraine's president lose some of his powers, and a caretaker government created in 48 hours that would include representatives of the opposition, Slovakia's Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak tells the AP news agency.


    Russia appears increasingly frustrated with President Yanukovych's inability to find a way out of the crisis, AP says, as Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warns that his country will hold back on further bailout instalments until the crisis is resolved.


    Journalists staying in Hotel Ukraine in Kiev have been warned to be vigilant, and not got near windows after one man reported seeing green lasers on his face and then the sound of shots landing nearby.


    Several monuments to Lenin were toppled across Ukraine overnight, Ukrayinska Pravda website reports. Statues of the Russian Bolshevik leader were toppled by protesters in Zhytomyr to the west of Kiev and in the towns of Boyarka and Brovary just outside the Ukrainian capital. Earlier, a Lenin statue was toppled in Slavuta, western Ukraine.


    Non-identified soldiers - or policemen - have been in parliament with guns, the BBC's David Stern in Kiev says. Numerous pictures of them can be seen on Facebook.


    Dr Pete Duncan, a senior lecturer in Russian Politics at University College London, tells the BBC that President Putin will be pleased a deal in Ukraine has apparently been reached: "This has gone on for far too long as far as Putin's concerned. These disorders, he doesn't want anything like this to spread to Russia itself, he remembers what happened a year ago (in Russia), he wants (President) Yanukovych to crack down."

    10:37: BBC correspondent David Stern

    says "as details of a possible deal to end Ukraine's deadly political crisis emerged, shots rang out on Independence Square, a reminder of the fragility, and continued combustibility, of the situation in the country. Numerous peace deals have been floated during the course of the conflict. But each one, as in the American phrase, has been "a day late and a dollar short". He added "for a deal to work, it needs to be accepted by the various interested parties, of which there are many".

    10:42: BBC Correspondent David Stern

    continued: "In addition to the opposition parties and the government, there are the people in Ukraine's regions, especially in Mr Yanukovych's political base in the east, and especially the ethnic-Russian southern region of Crimea.

    "And there are the protesters themselves. Now, on the Maidan, many are no longer shouting for President Yanukovych's resignation - but for his head."


    Opposition MPs agree to back a deal with President Yanukovych, Levyy Bereg website reports. According to its correspondent, members of all three opposition factions in parliament - Punch, Fatherland and Freedom - reluctantly decided to sign up to a deal that envisages creating a coalition government.


    "This is becoming a rebellion" - Tweets the BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse @ggatehouse on the ground in #Kiev as clashes continue. Find out more here


    Not all opposition parties support an agreement with President Yanukovych, the Ukrayinska Pravda website reports. Some have held an impromptu protest against a deal in Kiev's Khreshchatyk Street to demand the immediate resignation of the president.

    Breaking News

    President Viktor Yanukovych announces Ukraine will hold early presidential elections.


    "I initiate early presidential elections and a return to the constitution of 2004," which curbs presidential powers - president's statement says, BBC Monitoring


    "I will also initiate a... redistribution of powers towards a parliamentary republic," the president says. "I call for the start of a procedure to form a government of national trust. I announce steps required to restore calm and avoid further victims in the stand-off." (BBC Monitoring)


    Text of agreement between the Ukrainian and opposition (ICTV TV/BBC Monitoring):

    1) Within 48 hours, a law restoring the 2004 constitution will be passed and published. The signatories state their intention to form a coalition and a national unity government within 10 days.

    2) A constitutional reform which balances the remit of the Ukrainian president, government and parliament will be started immediately and completed in September 2014.

    3) A presidential election will be held right after the new constitution is adopted but no later than December 2014. New election legislation will be adopted and a new composition of the Central Electoral Commission will be formed on the proportional basis, according to the rules of the OSCE and the Venice Commission.

    4) An investigation into the recent acts of violence will be carried out with joint monitoring by the authorities, opposition and the European Council.

    5) The authorities will not declare a state of emergency. The authorities and opposition will refrain from use of force.


    Full presidential statement (BBC Monitoring)

    "Esteemed compatriots!

    "In these tragic days, when Ukraine has suffered such heavy losses, when people have died on both sides of the barricades I see it as my responsibility to the glorious memory of those killed to declare: nothing is more important than human lives. And there are no steps that we cannot take together to restore peace in Ukraine.

    "I announce steps required to restore calm and avoid further victims in the stand-off.

    "I announce that I will call an early presidential election.

    "I will also initiate a return to the constitution of 2004 with a redistribution of powers towards a parliamentary republic.

    "I call for the start of a procedure to form a government of national trust.

    "As president of Ukraine and guarantor of the Constitution, I am fulfilling my duty to the people, Ukraine and God Almighty in the name of preserving the state, in the name of defending human lives, in the name of peace and calm in our land."

    Protesters and police in Kiev, Ukraine

    Anti-government protesters walk together with some Ukrainian policemen, who have joined their side in central Kiev today.


    The city council in Vinnytsya, western Ukraine, unanimously votes to change the name of Soviet Square to Maidan Heroes Square in honour of the protesters who died in Kiev - UNIAN news agency.

    Ukrainian politicians

    Ukrainian politicians clash during a parliament session in Kiev earlier today.

    11:18: Recap:

    President Yanukovich has announced that Ukraine will hold early elections. In a statement he announces:

    • An early presidential election
    • A return to the constitution of 2004
    • A government of "national trust"
    • A redistribution of powers towards a parliamentary republic
    Ukrainian politicians

    Another picture of Ukrainian politicians scuffling in a session of Parliament earlier today.

    11:23: Recap:

    Highlights of the proposed agreement between the government and the opposition:

    • Within 48 hours, a law restoring the 2004 constitution will be passed
    • The formation of a coalition and a national unity government within 10 days
    • Constitutional reform in which the balance of power between the president and parliament will begin now and will be completed by September
    • A presidential election after the new constitution is adopted - to be held no later than December 2014
    • An investigation into the recent acts of violence
    • No declaration of a state of emergency by the authorities, and no use of force by the opposition

    BBC Monitoring: Russian Gazprom-owned NTV television says protesters in Kiev were fired at by "mutineers wearing uniforms taken from captured Berkut police officers", not by police.

    "They shoot at their own people in order to blame the bloodshed on law-enforcement agencies."


    Russia has not yet decided whether to release a $2bn instalment of its promised $15bn bailout package for Ukraine, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev is quoted by Reuters as saying on Friday.


    It is unclear whether President Yanukovych's belated concessions will be enough to hold off protesters who have occupied a piece of Kiev and government buildings around the country, an AP news agency commentary says.


    German foreign minister is on his way to new talks with Ukraine's opposition and representatives of protesters - EU sources tell Reuters.


    Hennadiy Kernes, the mayor of the second largest city in Ukraine, Kharkiv, warns protesters from Western Ukraine against coming to his city and staging a second uprising - (BBC Monitoring/Russian state-owned TV) .


    The BBC's Oleg Boldyrev reports live from Kiev saying: "The question is whether the parliamentary opposition will be able to sell this deal to the people here in the square."


    BBC correspondent Mark Lowen ‏@marklowen tweets: "Flak jackets retrieved thanks to stirling negotiation by @BBCWillVernon. On way to centre. Ukrainian flags fluttering from car roofs #Lviv."

    Security Service Building in Lviv

    BBC Newsgathering journalist @BBCWillVernon tweeted this picture and said: "Just a few solitary guys standing outside Security Service building in #Lviv. It was ransacked on Tuesday."


    Polish PM Tusk says that the threat of sanctions had a "sobering effect" on the Ukrainian government and may have prevented more violence.


    Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk says that the draft agreement between the opposition and the president might not get approval from the opposition, Reuters reports. He warns that a "worst-case scenario" could still materialise.


    Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski - who is involved in the negotiations in Kiev, calls for calm. He tweets that it's a "delicate moment for the settlement and all must remember you don't get 100% in a compromise".

    Olga, in Crimea,

    emails: Why do you hear only the overheated people from Maidan? We say no, but nobody hears us. It seems to me that everyone involved in the events wants blood and no more. If those who are on Maidan now would come to power, personally I won't vote for them because it would be the power based on blood!


    BBC Correspondent Duncan Crawford reporting live from Kiev called President Yanukovych's announced concessions as a "proposed deal".

    He said: "It was very difficult to know at the moment whether the opposition leaders with accept this deal."

    He added that although early elections have been promised "they are still ten months away".


    Ukraine's Deputy Chief of the General Staff, Lt-Gen Yuriy Dumanskyy, says that he is resigning because the army "is being drawn into the civil conflict".

    "My personal position as an officer and citizen is that this can lead to numerous fatalities among civilians and military personnel. Therefore, I have decided to tender my resignation in order to avoid further escalation and bloodshed among both sides." (5 Kanal TV/BBC Monitoring)

    Women preparing meals in Independence Square

    Women prepare meals for anti-government demonstrators as they continue to occupy Independence Square today.

    A female medic prepares medicines inside the International Centre of Culture and Arts off Independence Square, Kiev, Ukraine

    A female medic prepares medicines inside the International Centre of Culture and Arts off Independence Square, Kiev.

    12:18: BBC correspondent Mark Lowen
    Group keeps watch at security service building, taken by protesters on Tuesday. We weren't allowed in #Lviv

    tweets: "Group keeps watch at security service building, taken by protesters on Tuesday. We weren't allowed in #Lviv"


    Col-Gen Volodymyr Zamana, who was dismissed as Chief of Ukraine's General Staff on Wednesday, tells 5 Kanal TV he resigned because he did not want to use the army against protesters in Kiev. (BBC Monitoring)


    Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin - who was sent to Kiev by President Putin to mediate in the talks among the authorities, the opposition and EU representatives, has refused to sign the final document on the crisis settlement in Ukraine, a source close to the talks told the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. But the agency has not officially confirmed this information. (BBC Monitoring)


    Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk says that talks led by the three EU ministers on the future of Ukraine have stopped the bloodshed, but an agreement remains "far off", AFP reported him as saying. "For now, this objective (to end bloodshed) has been achieved, but the road to an agreement is still very far off," he said in Warsaw.


    Peter Spiegel, Brussels bureau chief of the Financial Times, tells the World Update programme on BBC World Service that it is very interesting which EU officials showed up in Ukraine to broker the deal. He says that if you look at the Iran and Syria talks, the big three are always the UK, France and Germany. But now he says Poland has supplanted Britain - even though the UK has for the last 10-20 years been a major player in Central Europe. "It is quite remarkable that (British Foreign Secretary) William Hague is not playing a role on this. It's a sign of some of the shifting relationship between the EU and UK," he says.


    Pope Francis and cardinals from around the world gathered in Rome today and called for an end to the violence, AFP reports.

    Police headquarters in Lviv, Ukraine

    Newsgathering journalist Will Vernon @BBCWillVernon tweets from Lviv, in western Ukraine: "Trashed room in police HQ"


    In a commentary the Reuters news agency points that President Yanukovych made the announcement of an agreement in a statement on the presidential website without waiting for a signed agreement with opposition leaders. "Whether grassroots activists who want Yanukovych out now will accept such a gradual transition is uncertain," it says.


    "I believe that the armed forces of Ukraine are being drawn into the civil conflict," former Deputy Chief Staff Lt General Yuriy Dumanskyy, told Ukrainian television. My personal position as an officer and citizen is that this can lead to numerous fatalities among civilians and military personnel. Therefore, I have decided to tender my resignation in order to avoid further escalation and bloodshed among both sides." (BBC Newswire)


    "It's possible that betting on a happy ending (to the Ukraine crisis) in the next few hours or days [will be] completely exaggerated," Polish PM Tusk is quoted by AFP as saying.


    Ukraine opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko has told the German newspaper Bild that the opposition would sign an EU-brokered deal to end a deadly standoff with President Viktor Yanukovich, but first further talks were needed with protesters, Reuters reports. "We will sign the deal," Bild quoted Klitschko as saying.

    12:57: Russian Ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov

    said: "What we have witnessed in the streets and squares of Kiev over the last days and weeks is something that resembles very much an attempted coup d'etat - an effort to overthrow the government by force.

    "What President Yanukovych has offered to the opposition is of course a set of major concessions, which would have shown in my view a way out of the crisis, a political way, but I am not entirely convinced that that will satisfy the extremists who seem to have the upper hand on what's happening in Kiev and some other cities of Ukraine."


    "We are prepared to do everything to obtain a peaceful solution," opposition leader Mr Klitschko was quoted by Reuters as saying. "I told the German foreign minister I would personally appeal to protesters before signing. All arguments must be considered before it comes to a signature."


    Security forces which have been stationed outside the Ukrainian parliament for the past 24 hours are now getting into buses and "leaving in a haste" - Interfax-Ukraine (BBC Monitoring)


    EU ministers win backing for agreement on resolving the Ukraine crisis from council representing Kiev protesters - Reuters quoting EU sources

    German Foreign Office

    tweets: #Ukraine: After talks w/ FM #Steinmeier + @sikorskiradek #Maidan's Civic Council decided to mandate Opposition leaders to sign agreement.


    Ukrainian protesters in Kiev, represented by the Maidan Civic Council, have voted in favour of signing the draft agreement, the German and Polish foreign ministries confirm via Twitter. Opposition leaders are now heading to the president's office, an opposition spokesperson in Kiev says, quoted by Associated Press.


    It is unclear if any conditions were set by the protesters before they backed the deal.

    However, Ukrainian opposition leader Oleh Tyahnybok says the deal should stand only if the current interior minister and prosecutor-general are excluded from any interim government - Reuters reports, quoting Interfax news agency.

    Mark Lowen, BBC News in Lviv

    Any political deal between President Yanukovych and the opposition movement will have to pass the test here in Lviv. It's a city that has been at the forefront of the protests, sending busloads of demonstrators 500km east to Kiev on a nightly basis.

    Lviv has always looked west rather than east: a city for centuries under Austrian and then Polish rule only fell to the Soviets during the Second World War and has remained fiercely proud of its Ukrainian identity ever since.

    Euromaidan PR

    tweets: Donetsk regional administration is blocked by protestors. At the entrance to the city boundary set.

    Alex Marshall

    tweets: Three opposition leaders denounced as "traitors" from the stage on #euromaidan for sitting down to negotiate with Yanukovych. I agree 100%

    BBC correspondent Mark Lowen
    Inside regional police office under occupation and looted.

    tweets: Inside regional police office under occupation and looted.


    Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matostha has told the BBC that she could not bring herself to compete in today's slalom event at the Sochi Winter Olympics while people were being killed in the violence back home. The 24-year old said family and friends were involved in anti-government protests. Getting home, she said, is proving difficult. She and her father, who is also her coach, are still waiting for a flight to Kiev.

    Kyiv Post's Christopher Miller

    tweets: Many 1000s on Maidan now, protesters and others who appear to be here for first time. Metro lines and bus routes open today.


    The US state department has warned citizens to "defer all non-essential travel to Ukraine" due to the ongoing unrest and urges US citizens in Ukraine to "evaluate their personal security situation in light of the escalating violence, particularly in Kiev". The state department has already authorised the departure of family of government staff from Ukraine, it adds.

    Dawn Toms from Chippenham, Wiltshire

    emails: I have plans to travel to Kiev in April to both teach and trade at a craft fair. Others are travelling from Germany and America to do the same. The owners and directors of the company in the Ukraine, who invited us, attended a trade fair in the UK at the NEC only last week. Many companies in the Ukraine are keen to trade with the UK and Europe, so these events are and will have a direct impact on trade in the UK and Europe. We should support the people of the Ukraine to be able to work and trade with all countries of their choice.

    BBC News presenter Tim Wilcox

    continues: On road from airport to city centre - opposition supporters with wooden clubs checking cars for 'titushka' - govt paid thugs #Kiev #Ukraine


    Some protesters, who have returned to Independence Square today, are more sceptical about a deal, saying they will continue to fight until their demands are met.

    "We should not negotiate with him," one protester told Reuters. "He is doing this to preserve his immunity and now he will start engaging in the whole process of Europe and European leaders but there is only one thing the people want: his resignation."

    BBC News presenter Tim Wilcox

    tweets: Heading to Independence Square #Kiev #Ukraine to see how opposition leaders and crowds react to EU brokered deal with Yanukovych


    A spokesperson for one of the main opposition leaders, Vitaliy Klitschko, confirms to Reuters that all three opposition leaders are currently at the presidential administration headquarters and are ready to sign the proposed agreement.


    The Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, says the opposition leaders are "about to sign". He writes on Twitter: "We are about to sign. Good compromise for Ukraine. Gives peace a chance. Opens the way to reform and to Europe. Poland and EU support it."


    One of the key groups behind the protests, the Right Sector, has reportedly rejected the deal reached with President Yanukovych, BBC Monitoring reports. The leader of the radical nationalist opposition group, Dmytro Yarosh, said in a statement on Facebook the president's statement contained "no firm pledges" that he would resign or parliament would be dissolved. "The national revolution continues," Mr Yarosh adds.

    13:55: Breaking News

    Ukrainian opposition leaders have signed the EU-brokered agreement with President Yanukovych aimed at ending the crisis in the country.


    The three opposition leaders who signed the deal at the presidential palace are: Vitali Klitschko of the pro-EU Udar movement, Arseniy Yatsenyuk of the main opposition Fatherland and Oleh Tyahnybok of the far-right Svoboda.

    Kal from Sevastopol

    emails: Most people in the south and east will still not vote for Klitschko, Yatsenyuk or anyone else who does not want close ties with Russia. Ukraine will always be a country of two halves in turmoil regardless of what supposedly "peaceful protestors" in the north and west want or what EU/US politicians want. "Peace" will only come when those two halves go their separate ways.


    The terms of the deal have not yet been officially announced. However, President Yanukovych said in a statement earlier today he would restore the 2004 constitution and initiate early presidential elections.


    A Reuters correspondent present at the presidential palace when the deal was signed said President Yanukovych did not smile during the ceremony, which lasted several minutes.


    Reaction is starting to come in to the signing of the deal, with the US ambassador to Ukraine describing it as a "hopeful breakthrough".

    Ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt told the BBC's Newshour programme he now wanted to see an end to the violence, and moves towards a constitution limiting presidential powers. He also said there needs to be "full accountability" for those found to have used excessive violence against civilians.


    The German, French and Polish foreign ministers welcome the deal and commend the parties for their "courage and commitment to the agreement", a statement on the German Foreign Ministry website says. They also called for an immediate end to all violence in Ukraine.


    The German Foreign Ministry has also posted the terms of the agreement, which say:

    • a law restoring the 2004 constitution will be passed within 48 hours
    • the formation of a coalition and national unity government will occur within 10 days
    • constitutional reform, balancing the power between the president, government and parliament, will begin now and be completed in September
    • Presidential elections will be held as soon as the constitution is adopted but no later than December 2014
    • an investigation into the recent acts of violence will be conducted by the authorities, opposition and Council of Europe
    • The authorities will not impose a state of emergency and both the opposition and authorities will refrain from use of violence
    Man puts out burning tyres in Kiev, Ukraine

    A man extinguishes a burning tyre in Kiev, Ukraine, as news breaks of a deal - put forward by President Yanukovych - being signed by opposition leaders.

    Steve Rosenberg, BBC News in Kiev

    tweets: Opposition leaders sign deal with Yanukovych, but on Independence Square I hear scepticism; many protestors tell me president must resign


    The deal also stipulates that illegal weapons should be handed over to the interior ministry within 24 hours of the new law - which will restore the 2004 constitution - coming into force.

    Crowds of people at Independence Square, Kiev

    People in Independence Square, Kiev, listen to police officers from Lviv who have joined anti-government protesters as they speak from a stage during a rally.


    "We are horrified by what has been happening in Kiev," said Chaloka Beyani, who currently heads the Coordination Committee of international experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council.

    He added: "We strongly condemn the excessive use of force by the security forces against the protestors. We urge restraint and an urgent, independent and thorough investigation into the forces' action."

    He also said: "We also condemn violence perpetrated by some protestors and urge them to renounce violence."

    14:42: Tim Willcox. BBC News in Kiev

    tweets: Protesters Independence Square #kiev waiting for leaders' debrief on deal with Yanukovych

    Protesters sit in Independence Square on 21 February
    Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council

    The agreement is a necessary compromise in order to launch an indispensable political dialogue that offers the only democratic and peaceful way out of the crisis that has already caused too much suffering and bloodshed on all sides.

    It is now the responsibility of all parties to be courageous and turn words into deeds for the sake of Ukraine's future.


    Leading opposition figure Arseniy Yatsenyuk tells reporters the president's current term in office is "to be halved" under the terms of the new agreement, with presidential elections to be held some time between September and December this year. The protest camp is to remain in Kiev "until all demands are met," he adds, speaking to Ukraine's 24 TV - via BBC Monitoring.


    Meanwhile, elsewhere in Ukraine local council members from the Russian-speaking east and west of the country are meeting in the second largest city of Kharkiv on Saturday to discuss proposals to increase regional autonomy, Interfax-Ukraine agency reports, via BBC Monitoring.

    14:49: Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the agreement reached in Ukraine.

    Downing Street has put out this statement:

    "I welcome today's agreement which offers a real chance to end the bloodshed and to stop the downward spiral into the nightmare that is facing Ukraine and her people.

    "It should foster a lasting political solution to the crisis and President Yanukovych, his administration and the opposition must all get behind this deal and deliver it according to the timetable set out.

    "In particular, the 2004 Constitution must be restored within the next two days and a national unity government should be in place by the beginning of March.

    "I hope that it will restore calm to the streets of Kiev and across the country. The scenes we have witnessed over the last few days have been horrific and my thoughts are with those who have lost loved ones and the injured. Such scenes of carnage are truly shocking and have no place in 21st century Europe."

    Police headquarters in Lviv, Ukraine

    Newsgathering journalist Will Vernon @BBCWillVernon tweets: "Ransacked police HQ #Lviv. Not an officer in sight. Officials say 80% of police not at work; many support protestors."


    BBC correspondents in Ukraine have been providing minute by minute accounts of the latest developments on the ground since the surge in violence began earlier this week. We have compiled a number of their reports from the front line in Kiev here.


    World Have Your Say is LIVE on BBC World News TV with guests from Kiev, Donetsk, Odessa and Lviv in Ukraine.

    Get in touch by calling +442031624242, Skyping BBC_WHYS, on Twitter, or Facebook.

    You can also text us or send a video on WhatsApp +447730751925.


    Ukraine's parliament has voted in favour of restoring the 2004 constitution, significantly curbing presidential powers, according to our colleagues at BBC Monitoring, who are following a live relay of the parliamentary proceedings.

    All but one of the 387 MPs voted in favour - a constitutional majority of over 300 votes was required for the decision to be approved.


    The BBC's Duncan Crawford in Ukraine has posted this picture of petrol bombs in Independence Square on Twitter, saying "potential for more violence still v real in #Kiev":

    Petrol bombs in Kiev's Independence Square on 21 February
    An anti-government protester sleeps behind a barricade on Kiev's Independent square on 21 February 2014.

    An anti-government protester takes a break from the recent clashes and naps behind a barricade in Kiev's Independence Square


    EU's top foreign policy official Catherine Ashton said she wanted to see "free and fair" elections take place.

    "It's so important the process is done well and properly," she added.


    More from the Ukraine parliament: MPs have also voted to approve an unconditional amnesty for protesters involved in violence and those currently detained or who might face possible prosecution during the unrest.


    More from the EU's Catherine Ashton speech. She said a decision on future of sanctions on Ukraine will depend on what EU foreign ministers on the ground in Ukraine say, Reuters report. She also said that the EU and Russia agreed that the violence must stop in order to ensure a stable future for the country.


    According to Rada TV, which broadcast live the vote in parliament, 386 MPs voted in favour of restoring the 2004 constitution, one MP abstained, with no votes against. Ten MPs did not take part. The national anthem broke out in parliament after the results were announced - via BBC Monitoring.

    15:29: Olya Rnich from Uzhhorod

    says: What an insult this so called agreement is. "Early" elections says Yanukovych. They were already going to be held in 2015 so December 2014 is hardly early. Does he think the Ukrainian people are stupid? And what about him resigning and going on trial? Surely this is the first prerequisite of any agreement. I am so emotional about this because I was a teacher. When I see these students being shot it hurts me and I can imagine myself being in Independence Square. Having said that, I do think this agreement is the first step towards reconciliation. We are normally a peaceful country characterised by our ability to get on with each in spite of our religious, ethnic and linguistic differences. The nation is in shock at the violence that is going on now.

    President Viktor Yanukovich and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier

    Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (left) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (right) arrive earlier this afternoon for a signing ceremony of an EU-mediated peace deal with opposition leaders.


    While international leaders have hailed the new agreement signed by opposition leaders and the president, some protesters on the ground say not enough concessions were made.

    Dana Pavlychko, opposition supporter, tells BBC World TV "the opposition leaders do not represent the people as a whole and they do not represent the Maidan, the Independence Square in Kiev".

    "Obviously people are very disillusioned and it is not enough to stop the protest," she adds.

    Duncan Crawford, BBC News in Kiev

    tweets: Thousands of protesters packed into Independence Sq. Many in tears as body of dead protester paraded.

    Crying protesters in Independence Square on 21 February 2014
    A group of police officers from western Ukraine arrive on St Michael's Cathedral to show their support for the opposition in Kiev, Ukraine, on 21 February 2014.

    Police officers from western Ukraine, including the city of Lviv, arrived outside Kiev's St Michael's Cathedral in a show of solidarity with opposition protesters earlier today.


    Ukraine has just won its first gold medal in the Sochi Winter Olympics. The country won the medal in the women's biathlon relay.

    Ukrainian opposition leaders and President Yanukovych, alongside the German and Polish foreign ministers, sign the deal in Kiev on 21 February

    Here's a snapshot of the opposition leaders signing the deal with President Yanukovych earlier today.

    From left to right: German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Ukrainian opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko and Oleh Tyahnybok, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.


    Not all opposition protest groups in Ukraine support the deal. The radical right-wing group Right Sector, has denounced the agreement in a tweet, saying: "The opposition is planning to form a coalition with murderers, so now everyone will have to decide for themselves what to do next." - via BBC Monitoring


    Footage posted by ITV News shows Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski addressing one of the Ukrainian protest leaders saying: "If you don't support this [deal] you'll have martial law, you'll have the army. You will all be dead." Mr Sikorski later retweeted a post from his wife linking to the footage, saying: "Tough love diplomacy."


    Ukraine's parliament has just voted to remove the acting interior minister, Vitaliy Zakharchenko, for using "violence" against the protesters during the unrest.

    Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich signs the EU-mediated peace deal with opposition leaders

    Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych signed the EU-mediated peace deal with opposition leaders earlier today.


    The parliamentary bill to dismiss acting Interior Minister Zakharchenko was approved by a majority vote of 332 out of the total 383 MPs present, Ukraine's Rada TV reports - via BBC Monitoring.


    Despite days of violence, there are still huge crowds in Independence Square today listening to speeches.

    People listen to speeches in front of a statue in Independence Square

    Mr Zakharchenko is considered a steadfast supporter of President Viktor Yanukovych. He hails from the president's home town of Donetsk, in eastern Ukraine, and is also reported to be close to his son, Oleksandr.


    In another major development, Ukraine's parliament has just voted in favour of amending a law that could see the release of the jailed opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko.


    MPs in the parliamentary session chanted "free Yulia" after the vote was announced, Associated Press reports.


    The White House says it welcomes the Ukraine agreement and calls for concrete steps to implement the deal, including an end to the violence and early elections. It also said it remains prepared to impose additional sanctions, as necessary, on Ukraine.


    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who helped broker the deal, said he was "grateful and happy" to have helped "pave the way for a political solution." The Polish Foreign Minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, said the agreement was the "best that could be had".

    Yulia Tymoshenko, 2 Feb 11

    Seen as a heroine of Ukraine's Orange Revolution, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is currently serving a seven year prison sentence after being convicted of abuse of power over a gas deal with Russia. To find out more, take a look at our profile of Yulia Tymoshenko.


    Back to Ukraine's parliament: A total of 310 MPs voted in favour of decriminalising the statute under which Tymoshenko was jailed in 2011.

    Daniel Sandford, BBC News in Kiev

    tweets: Wow. Parliament has passed laws that would free Yulia Tymoshenko. If agreed by President Yanukovich then his no 1 rival would be out

    Deputies of the Ukrainian parliament vote to return Ukraine to its 2004 constitution, which limits the president's powers and gives lawmakers the right to appoint key ministers

    Shortly after the president and opposition signed the peace deal, MPs voted in parliament to return Ukraine to its 2004 constitution, approved an amnesty for protesters accused of involvement in violence and voted to dismiss Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.

    Daniel Sandford, BBC News, Kiev

    tweets: Today is turning into an utter humiliation for Yanukovych. His own MPs are deserting him, and dismantling his security team.


    President Yanukovych has declared 22 and 23 February days of mourning for those killed in what he called "the mass disturbances," reports the Interfax-Ukraine news agency, via BBC Monitoring.

    People carry the coffin of an anti-government protester who was killed during Thursday's clashes

    Ukrainian MP Hanna Herman, who belongs to the ruling Party of the Regions, says the amendment to the criminal code "would make it possible to release Yulia Tymoshenko from jail," Ukraine's UNIAN news agency reports - via BBC Monitoring. She said she always favoured Tymoshenko's release.


    Ukrainian alpine skier Bogdana Matsotska says in this video she has withdrawn from the Sochi Winter Olympics in protest against Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his government.

    Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska explains her decision to leave the Winter Olympics
    Duncan Crawford, BBC News in Kiev

    tweets: Shrine to two dead protesters. Roman Tochin and Volodya Zherevnii both died in violence yesterday in #Kiev.

    Shrine to two dead protesters in Kiev on 21 February 2014

    Yulia Tymoshenko's daughter, Eugenia Tymoshenko, has reacted to the deal: "Those who protest, those who put their lives at risk now, and are killed, have to be listened to and their demands need to be listened to in order for the protests to stop. Of course for this, the ceasefire should include the removing of police, their retreat into their bases. The only way the violence can stop is for the police to retreat completely and for the people to be allowed this political change."

    Eugenia Tymoshenko, daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

    Russia has not signed the Kiev deal aimed at bringing an end to the Ukraine crisis, Moscow's foreign ministry confirms. In a statement, the ministry said the lack of a Russian signature does not mean that "Russia does not want compromise," AFP reports.


    The Russian envoy sent by President Vladimir Putin to join the talks in Kiev, Vladimir Lukin, has also indicated questions still remain over the process, Russia's Interfax news agency reports. "In general, the talks remain unfinished, but they were not useless," he said.


    After helping her team win the women's 4x6km relay at the Winter Olympics, Ukrainian Olympic biathlete Olena Pidhrushna asked the audience at a news conference to hold a minute's silence for the people who died in Kiev. Her team's relay victory gave Ukraine its second Winter Games gold medal and its first since 1994.

    Gold medalist Olena Pidhrushna competes in the Women's Biathlon 4x6 km Relay

    The sun sets over a historic day in Kiev's Independence Square.

    The sun sets over a historic day in Independence Square

    EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has been speaking to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, with both agreeing to continue contact and work to resolve the situation in Ukraine. Mr Lavrov said in a statement that radical and extremist forces responsible for violence in Ukraine should be condemned.


    World Have Your Say is LIVE on BBC World Service Radio getting your reaction to the deal in Ukraine. Get in touch by calling +442031624242, Skyping BBC_WHYS, on Twitter, or Facebook. You can also text us or send a video on WhatsApp +447730751925.

    Bullet holes in window of the main shopping centre in Independence Square, Kiev, on 21 February

    The BBC's Duncan Crawford in Kiev tweeted this photo earlier showing bullet holes in the windows of the main shopping centre in Independence Square.


    Anything but chaos: In this BBC analysis piece, Russian journalist Fyodor Lukyanov explains why Vladimir Putin is unlikely to withdraw his support for Ukrainian President Yanukovych, despite being aware of his weaknesses.


    A White House official said President Obama planned to call Mr Putin on Friday to discuss the situation in Ukraine with the Russian leader. "We're not out of the woods yet," US deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said.

    People carry coffin of anti-government protester killed in violent clashes, taken on 21 February

    Sombre scenes in Kiev's Independence Square on Friday as funeral ceremonies for anti-government protesters killed in the deadly clashes began.

    Kateryna Kruk EuroMaidan activist

    tweets: Today is the 92day of #euromaidan but it seems like it lasts for few years at least.


    Ukraine has eased border crossing regulations for those injured during the clashes in Kiev and who require medical treatment abroad, the Kyiv Post reports.


    Any political deal will have to pass the test in Lviv, a city in western Ukraine that has been at the forefront of the protests, reports the BBC's Mark Lowen from Lviv.


    The leader of the far-right group, Right Sector, tells protesters gathered in Kiev that action will be taken if President Yanukovych does not resign by 10:00 local (08:00 GMT) on Saturday.

    Tim Willcox BBC News, Kiev

    : Crowds pointing to coffins Independence Square #kiev as leaders try to sell deal. Man grabs mike and shouts Pres has until 10am to leave.


    "It felt like real war," says Amnesty International's Zoryan Kis of his night spent in Independence Square earlier this week.

    "One of the opposition leaders was injured with a rubber bullet, while speaking on the main stage. Whoever was shooting, was aiming at his face."

    Independence Square in Kiev (21 February 2014)

    Large crowds have once again gathered in Kiev's Independence Square, known as Maidan. To the left is the stage from which opposition leaders address the protesters.


    A motion to impeach the president has been tabled in the Ukrainian parliament, the influential analytical weekly Zerkalo Nedeli reports. Lawmakers will meet at 10:00 local time (08:00 GMT) on Saturday. Their agenda is still unknown.


    There are reports of the Ukraine hotel in Kiev being evacuated. The hotel has served as a makeshift clinic and mortuary during the clashes.


    Russia's representative played a constructive role in reaching the accord in Ukraine, Poland's foreign minister says. Vladimir Lukin "in certain moments, as an experienced diplomat, effectively eased the negotiations," Radoslaw Sikorski told journalists in Warsaw.

    In western city of Lviv, boy lights candle in memory of  victims of clashes between police and protesters in Kiev  21/02/2014

    Ukrainians have been mourning those killed in clashes in Kiev between security forces and anti-government demonstrators. In the western city of Lviv, a young boy lights a candle in memory of the victims.


    White House spokesman Jay Carney tells reporters it is not in Russia's interest for Ukraine to be gripped by violence . "It's very important to view this not as a tug of war between East and West or the United States and Russia," he warned, according to Reuters.

    Olesya Zhukovska lies on her hospital bed in Kiev, Ukraine, on 21 February 2014.

    Olesya Zhukovska lies in a hospital bed in Kiev after being hit in the neck by a sniper on Thursday. The 21-year-old volunteer medic wrote on Twitter "I am dying," minutes before losing consciousness after being shot.

    Folder contains Kiev deal signed by President Yanukovych and opposition leaders on 21 February 2014

    An image of the all-important folder containing the deal agreed earlier and signed by President Yanukovych, opposition leaders Vitali Klitschko, Oleh Tyahnybok and Arseniy Yatsenyuk and the German and Polish foreign ministers.


    Protesters remain in Kiev's Independence Square tonight, with many lighting up their mobile phones to commemorate the dead. The leader of the far right Right Sector movement is addressing the crowds in the central square, saying the deal is "not acceptable", Euromaidan PR tweets.


    Sounds of explosions can be heard from Independence Square, says the BBC's Tim Willcox in Kiev. It is not gunfire this time, he adds, but fireworks commemorating the dead.


    Vitali Klitschko, leader of the pro-EU Udar movement and former heavyweight boxing champion, reportedly received cat-calls and derisive whistling when he addressed the crowds at Kiev's main protest camp this evening. He later apologised to the crowd for shaking President Yanukovych's hand after the deal was agreed earlier in the day. According to Associated Press, he said: "If I offended anyone, I ask their forgiveness."


    Earlier, Mr Klitschko (left) shook President Yanukovych's hand after they signed the deal aimed at ending the crisis.

    Head of Udar (Punch) party Vitali Klitschko (L) and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych shake hands after signing an agreement in Kiev on 21 February 2014.
    Duncan Crawford, BBC News, Kiev

    tweets: Dead bodies were left on the hotel lobby floor here yesterday. Now it's a sleeping area for protesters #Kiev

    Sleeping protesters on hotel lobby floor on 21 February

    As a recap, the terms of the deal agreed today include:

    • Early presidential elections to take place between September and December
    • Restoring the 2004 constitution within 48 hours and constitutional reform reducing presidential powers
    • Investigation of the bloodshed
    • Illegal weapons to be handed over to the interior ministry

    The unrest has bruised the Ukrainian economy, with international rating agency Standard and Poor downgrading the country's credit rating on Friday. But the BBC's Andrew Walker says Ukraine was in financial crisis long before the protests. Read his analysis here.


    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says in a statement he is "encouraged by the agreement" reached today in Kiev, and has called President Yanukovych to "personally welcome this important step forward". He stressed the importance of the "swift implementation" of the deal in order to resolve the Ukrainian conflict.

    Duncan Crawford BBC News, Kiev

    tweets: Medics having a timeout in the lobby of the #Ukraine Hotel. Relaxed atmosphere at the moment. #Kiev

    Medics in Kiev (21 February 2014)

    We are now winding down our live updates of Friday's events in Ukraine, where a deal was signed between President Yanukovych and opposition leaders to end the political crisis. You can find all the details of the agreement here.

    Anti-government protesters light torches and phones during a mourning rally in Independence Square in Kiev on 21 February 2014

    Here is a final image of anti-government protesters lighting up the sky with their torches and mobile phones at a mourning ceremony in Independence Square, Kiev, this evening.


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