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Ukraine peace agreement signed, election to be set

Updated: 2014-02-22 07:27
By Reuters in Kiev, Ukraine ( China Daily)

Ukrainian opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday, aiming to end a violent standoff that has left dozens dead and opening the way for an early presidential election this year.

Russian-backed Yanukovych - 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 a new presidential election.

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.

Ukraine peace agreement signed, election to be set

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