KIEV, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tendered his resignation on Tuesday amid mass anti-government protests.
"In order to facilitate possibilities of a political compromise and a peaceful end to the conflict, I am asking the president to accept my resignation," Azarov said in a statement released by the government.
He said the government had been forced to work in extreme conditions and had done everything during the standoff for a peaceful resolution of the two-month crisis.
On Friday, President Viktor Yanukovych pledged to reshuffle the government and amend controversial anti-protest laws in an apparent concession to the opposition.
The mass rallies started in Ukraine last November, following a government decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union and opt for closer relations with Russia.