Kyiv (QHA) - Three Ukrainian oppostition leaders, Vitaly Klitschko, Oleh Tyahnibok and Arseny Yatsenyuk had over four hours of negotiations with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. After negotiations, Areseny Yatsenyuk noted that their aim was to end bloodshed and there is a “strong chance” a solution will be found. Another opposition leader, far-right nationalist Oleh Tyahnibok said more talks are necessary with his followers before making any announcement. Vitaly Klitschko said: “I understand all the tension, all hatred to the current government. I understand that in order to avoid bloodshed we need negotiations. I understand that it is not easy. And our main goal remains the resignation of the President, the rsignation of the governement. This is the first round of talks. I understand that the issue is delayed.” Besides, Klitschko noted that after the negotiations, use of force by riot police against people will stop and the detainees will be relased. In an initial round of talks on Wednesday, Yanukovych refused to make any real concessions to opposition leaders’ demands for the dismissal of his government and repeal of the anti-protest laws. Thousands of people are currently braving temperatures of minus 14 Celsius in central Kyiv.

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