The Ukrainian national flag flies above an anti-government barricade that faces a cordon of riot police in Kiev, February 2, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko
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Ukraine's embattled president announced he would return to work after four days' sick leave, as protesters filled Kiev's main square on Sunday demanding he give up power.Calling for a complete change of leadership after weeks of crisis that have divided the country and set the West against Yanukovich's Russian allies, opposition figures who attended a security conference in Munich told supporters they would secure international economic aid if they were able to take power.On Friday, he signed legislation revoking unpopular new restrictions on protest meetings that has, however, failed to appease opponents who are demanding the release of dozens of people arrested in recent weeks.At least six people were killed during protests last month and some leading figures have warned of "civil war". Since the resignation a week ago of Yanukovich's prime minister, the government has been operating in an interim capacity and some opposition leaders say they fear the president might impose a state of emergency or military rule on the country.Russia's foreign minister, also in Munich, criticised the West for trying to force Ukraine into forging closer ties.President Barack Obama said the United States was working to promote negotiations between Ukraine's rival factions.
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