KIEV, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian lawmakers will hold an extraordinary session next week to discuss ways out of the ongoing political crisis in the country, parliament speaker Volodymyr Rybak said on Thursday.
"Indeed, it is necessary to gather the opposition and parliament's majority so they discuss emerging issues, in particular the resignation of the government and the laws approved by the parliament earlier," Rybak said during his meeting with President Viktor Yanukovych.
Rybak's remarks were apparently a reference to the opposition's call for Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's government to step down and the sweeping anti-protest laws which rammed through parliament last week.
The call of the emergency meeting came amidst deadly clashes between riot police and demonstrators, who took to the streets to register their furor over the controversial legislation which bans the wearing of masks and helmets during public assembly and allows a jail term of up to five years for those blocking public building.
More than 300 people have been injured since a new wave of anti- government protests erupted last weekend. During Wednesday's unrest, at least three people were reported dead at the site of clashes.
Rybak said lawmakers from the opposition and ruling parties should find a compromise to ensure peace and calm in the country.
The protests first started on Nov. 21 with peaceful demonstrations demanding the country's European integration, but soon boiled over into a violent nationwide movement, with demonstrators demanding the impeachment of president, resignation of the government and disbandment of parliament.
Ukraine's parliament on Dec. 3 rejected a no-confidence motion against Azarov's government.
WASHINGTON, Jan. 23 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to work toward an "immediate" de-escalation in standoff between protesters and security forces in the capital city of Kiev.
In his latest round of phone conversation with the Ukrainian leader, Biden stressed the ongoing dialogue with the opposition and the need for "genuine compromise" as the only solution to the crisis, the White House said in a readout of the talks. Full story
KIEV, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Wednesday invited opposition leaders for emergency talks to seek a peaceful solution to the ongoing political tensions in the country.
"It is still not too late to stop the violence and resolve the conflict peacefully. Once again, I urge the opposition to join negotiations and put an end to the confrontation," Yanukovych said in his address to the nation posted on the presidential website. Full story