Ukraine opposition leaders: No concrete results from talks with Yanukovich

Source: Reuters - Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:02 GMT
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KIEV, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Ukraine opposition leaders said on Wednesday there had been no concrete results from their talks with President Viktor Yanukovich to end weeks of street unrest and they called on protesters to prepare for a police offensive against them.

Boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko, one of the leaders, told thousands of protesters on Kiev's Independence Square there had been no positive response from Yanukovich to their demands in three hours of talks.

"Today they (the police) are preparing to clear us out of the 'Maidan' (Independence Square)," Klitschko declared. "We must do all we can to stop them clearing us out," he said, urging people to stay and defend the square.

"Tomorrow if the president does not respond ... then we will go on the offensive," he said to a roar of support from protesters.

(Repolrting by Natalia Zinets; Writing By Richard Balmforth; Editing by Janet Lawrence)

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