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Ukraine’s PM Mykola Azarov has offered his resignation.

In a statement, Mykola Azarov said the move was designed to create “social and political compromise”.

In his resignation statement, PM Mykola Azarov said: “To create additional opportunities for social and political compromise and for a peaceful solution to the conflict, I made a personal decision to ask the president of Ukraine to accept my resignation as prime minister of Ukraine.”

Mykola Azarov said his resignation was designed to create social and political compromise

Mykola Azarov said his resignation was designed to create social and political compromise

The government had “done everything to ensure the peaceful resolution of the conflict” and would do “everything possible to prevent bloodshed, an escalation of violence, and violation of citizen’s rights”, he said.

If President Viktor Yanukovych signs the decree for the resignation, then the whole cabinet resigns. But they can remain in their posts for 60 days until a new government is formed.

Viktor Yanukovych had already offered Mykola Azarov’s job to the opposition at the weekend, proposing that Fatherland leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk take the post.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk declined the offer.

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President Viktor Yanukovych has offered the position of Ukraine’s prime minister to one of the opposition leaders, Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

The offer came after talks on Saturday with opposition leaders in a new effort to end the worsening unrest that has spread across Ukraine.

Earlier, protesters in Kiev tried to occupy the energy ministry.

The protests began in November after Ukraine decided not to sign an accord on more co-operation with the EU.

Instead, the government opted to deepen ties with neighboring Russia.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk is the parliamentary leader of Ukraine's second biggest party, Fatherland

Arseniy Yatsenyuk is the parliamentary leader of Ukraine’s second biggest party, Fatherland

The crisis escalated this week when two activists were killed, and another was found dead with torture marks in a forest near the capital.

A fourth, 45-year-old protester is said to have died in a Kiev hospital on Saturday, after sustaining injuries in earlier violence.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, parliamentary leader of the country’s second biggest party, Fatherland, has not commented on the president’s offer.

He is an ally of the jailed ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko.

Viktor Yanukovych has also offered the post of deputy prime minister for humanitarian issues to the former boxer, Vitali Klitschko, who is leader of the Udar (Punch) movement.

In addition, Ukrainian media report that Viktor Yanukovych has said he is ready to amend the constitution to reduce the president’s powers.

The opposition has previously demanded that Viktor Yanukovych step down.

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Ukrainian activists are blockading the government buildings in Kiev, as they prepare for fresh demonstrations demanding the resignation of the government.

Hundreds of protesters spent the night in Independence Square while others were barricaded inside city hall.

The unrest was triggered in November by President Viktor Yanukovych’s refusal to sign a deal on closer EU ties.

Parliamentary speaker Vlodymyr Rybak said talks between the government and the opposition would be held on Monday.

Vlodymyr Rybak said all sides would have an opportunity to express their opinions.

Ukrainian activists are blockading the government buildings in Kiev

Ukrainian activists are blockading the government buildings in Kiev

About 1,000 protesters camped out on Independence Square overnight, as activists prepare for round-the-clock demonstrations.

The protesters are blocking off the government’s main headquarters. Opposition leaders have called for a national strike and fresh street protests.

On Sunday between 100,000 and 500,000 took part in a march, defying a ban on rallies.

There were clashes near the presidential building, with demonstrators firing flares and riot police using tear gas, batons and stun grenades.

Some protesters stormed the city hall. One of them is the Russian opposition activist Pyotr Verzilov – husband of Pussy Riot punk group member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is in jail in Russia.

Protests started more than a week ago after Viktor Yanukovych suspended preparations for signing an EU association agreement that would have opened borders to goods and set the stage for an easing of travel restrictions.

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