Ukrainian president offers up PM post to opposition leader

BY Kayla Ruble  January 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM EST


Thousands of anti-government protesters occupy the flashpoint Grushevsky Street in central Kiev on Jan. 25, 2014. Credit: Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images

The president of Ukraine offered to name opposition leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, to the prime minister position, media outlets reported Saturday.

The gesture came following three hours of talks between President Viktor Yanukovych and a group of the opposition’s top leaders.


According to the Associated Press, Yatsenyuk may be criticized if he rejects the offer, considering Western leaders have pushed for this sort of compromise.

Yanukovych’s offer and the talks held Saturday took place in the wake of a long night of clashes between radical protesters and police on Friday. Protesters reportedly threw Molotov cocktails and fireworks at police.

As rallies intensified earlier this week, demonstrators began dressing as crusaders. Three protestors died this week, with two dying from gunshot wounds. Ukrainian police also claim demonstrators strangled two policemen.

Ukraine’s interior minister has said any protesters remaining in Kiev’s Independence Square and occupying public buildings would be considered “extreme terrorists.”

Recent news out of the country’s capital indicates Yanukovych has fired his spokeswoman and chief analyst, both of whom asked for his resignation earlier in the month according to the Kyiv Post.