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.
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