Ukraine's presidency said on Friday it had reached a deal with the opposition to end the crisis in the country which has seen more than 70 people killed in violent clashes.
In a statement made Friday the country's beleaguered president, Viktor Yanukovych, announced plans to hold an early presidential election, make changes to the constitution to limit is power, and form a national unity government.
Yanukovych's statement came after all-night talks with the opposition and foreign ministers from Germany, France and Poland to resolve the crisis in which 77 people have been killed in gun battles this week between protesters and police.
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"In these tragic days, when Ukraine has suffered such heavy losses, when people have been killed on both sides of the barricades, I consider it my duty in the light of the holy memory of the dead to declare that there is nothing more important than human life," he said in a written statement.
"And there are no steps that we should not take to restore peace in Ukraine," he said in the statement, published on the presidential website.