Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich (2nd L) meets with opposition leaders (R, front-back) Oleh Tyahnybok, Vitaly Klitschko and Arseny Yatsenyuk in Kiev January 27, 2014. (REUTERS/Andrei Mosienko/Presidential Press Service)
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Ukraine's Viktor Yanukovich held fresh talks with opposition leaders on Monday to prepare for a crunch session of parliament at which the president and his allies will be under pressure to make major concessions amid mass unrest.A tough battle lay ahead at Tuesday's session with the opposition calling for concessions including the repeal of sweeping anti-protest laws, the dismissal of the government and an amnesty for all protesters detained in two months of unrest.The Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, now headed by Yatsenyuk, called on its supporters to rally in Kiev's Independence Square on Tuesday in solidarity with opposition deputies in parliament.Ukraine on Monday announced it would draw on another $2 billion of credit -- adding to $3 billion already received for purchase of a bond -- from a $15 billion bailout package offered by Moscow after the former Soviet republic walked away from the deal with the EU.Yanukovich on Saturday offered top government posts to opposition leaders -- the prime minister's job to Yatsenyuk and a deputy prime minister's portfolio to Klitschko -- in his first concessions in two months of unrest.
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