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Riot police try to remove a barricade held by protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv early on December 11.

Riot police try to remove a barricade held by protesters on Independence Square in Kyiv early on December 11.

Summary

Final Wrapup (Barring major events)

-- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said after an afternoon meeting that President Viktor Yanukovych pledged to her that "something should be done in the course of the next 24 hours."

-- Yanukovych then announced he had invited the opposition to participate in dialogue. He added that Ukrainian authorities would "act only within the law and never use force against peaceful assemblies."

-- Opposition parties have rejected negotiations unless all of their demands are met. UDAR leader Vitali Klitschko said the overnight crackdown on December 10-11 meant that "Yanukovich closed off the path to any kind of compromise."

-- Early on December 11, about 10 hours after police first began to clear Independence Square and other protest sites in Kyiv overnight, police withdrew from those locations. People have returned to Independence Square and are rebuilding barricades.

-- Former Interior Minister and Yulia Tymoshenko ally Yuriy Lutsenko announced that the next major rally in the capital was planned for December 13 and urged people to come to Independence Square.

-- Prime Minister Mykola Azarov announced that Ukraine was requesting 20 billion euros in financial aid from the European Union to help lay the groundwork for an Association Agreement.

-- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland went personally to Independence Square to hand out food to riot police and protesters, then met with President Viktor Yanukovych and said the United States believed it was still possible to save Ukraine's "European future." Secretary of State John Kerry had said earlier that he was "disgusted" by the government's overnight actions in Kyiv. A State Department spokesperson said all options, including sanctions, were on the table.

Glenn Kates and RFE/RL editors
22:37 11.12.2013
Final Wrapup (barring major events)

-- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said following an afternoon meeting that President Viktor Yanukovych pledged that "something should be done in the course of the next 24 hours."

-- Yanukovych then announced he had invited the opposition to participate in dialogue. He added that Ukrainian authorities would "act only within the law and never use force against peaceful assemblies." He also said a delegation would visit Brussels tomorrow to discuss an EU Association Agreement.

-- Opposition parties have rejected negotiations unless all of their demands are met. UDAR leader Vitali Klitschko said the overnight crackdown on December 10-11 meant that "Yanukovych closed off the path to any kind of compromise."

-- Early on December 11, about 10 hours after police first began to clear Independence Square and other protest sites in Kyiv overnight, police withdrew from those locations. Thousands of people have returned to Independence Square and are rebuilding barricades.

-- U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland went personally to Independence Square to hand out food to riot police and protesters, then met with President Viktor Yanukovych and said the United States believed it was still possible to save Ukraine's "European future." Secretary of State John Kerry had earlier expressed his "disgust" about the government's overnight actions in Kyiv. A State Department spokesperson said all options, including sanctions, were on the table.

Glenn Kates and RFE/RL editors
22:13 11.12.2013
Via Reuters: U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki told reporters today the U.S. is considering all options, including sanctions on Ukraine.

"All policy options, including sanctions, are on the table, in our view, but obviously that still is being evaluated," Psaki told reporters.
22:12 11.12.2013
Video of the brawl between Georgian lawmakers earlier today.

Giorgi Baramidze, from former President Mikhail Saakashvili's United National Movement had proposed a resolution supporting pro-EU protesters in Ukraine and condemning police violence.But a member of the ruling Georgia Dream, Soso Jachvliani, said he should also "officially condemn the violent dismissal of opposition protests in Tbilisi in 2007 and 2011," when his party was in power.

22:10 11.12.2013
Via our Ukrainian Service:
The opposition has appealed a court order to vacate the trade union building, which has become a de-facto opposition headquarters since December 1. The opposition says the court order is illegal.

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