Protesters negotiate with police during an attack of the Ukrainian House building in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)
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Ukraine's embattled president on Saturday offered to make a top opposition leader the prime minister, but it was unclear if the overture would mollify the radical faction of protesters who have clashed with police for much of the last week.A statement on President Viktor Yanukovych's website Saturday evening said he had offered the country's No. 2 job to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, an ex-foreign minister who had led efforts to integrate Ukraine with the European Union. Protests grew after police violently dispersed two rallies, then anger boiled over into violence a week ago over harsh new anti-protest laws that Yanukovych pushed through parliament.It came hours after the head of the country's police, widely despised by the opposition, claimed protesters had seized and tortured two policemen before releasing them.Yanukovych also agreed to discuss ways of changing Ukraine's constitution toward a parliamentary-presidential republic, which was one of the demands of the opposition.
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