Maidan activists guard a barricade to prevent an attack of the police in the center of Kiev on January 24, 2014. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich, in what appeared to be an offer of concessions to the opposition amid violent protests against his rule, pledged on Friday to reshuffle the government next week and to amend sweeping anti-protest laws.Yanukovich made his offer in comments to church leaders as the protesters erected more street barricades and occupied a government ministry building in Kiev ahead of what is expected to be another hot weekend of anti-government rallies. The dismissal of the Azarov government has been one of the main demands of the opposition and Yanukovich's words were clearly intended to look like a concession to opponents who have voiced frustration at his stalling tactics in talks until now.On Friday, they occupied the main agricultural ministry building after talks stalled on Thursday night between Yanukovich and the opposition.In other conciliatory comments on Friday, Yanukovich said he would bring opposition leaders into an anti-crisis team and he said people who had been detained so far and had not committed serious crimes would be amnestied.There was no immediate reaction from opposition leaders to Yanukovich's comments on Friday.
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