Yanukovych calls on former presidents to help resolve Ukraine crisis

Yanukovych calls on former presidents to help resolve Ukraine crisis

Ukraine’s president has agreed to meet the country’s three former presidents to talk about defusing the political crisis gripping the country.

Viktor Yanukovych said the meeting, labelled “a nationwide round table” will take place on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, scores of riot police in full gear were deployed outside protest strongholds in Kiev, stoking fears of a crackdown.

Mr Yanukovych is facing the biggest opposition protests since the 2004 Orange Revolution, after he chose to freeze ties with the EU and tilt toward Moscow.

The Ukrainian government earlier sent troops into the capital where thousands of protesters are blocking entrances to key administrative buildings and have seized the city administration.

Even as the bus loads of interior police were reported to be on their way, opposition activists began evacuating a government building in Kiev they have been occupying for days.

The troop move comes a day after hundreds of thousands of people joined protests in Kiev and toppled a statute of Lenin.

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