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Yanukovych suggested to Yatsenyuk post Prime Minister

Post of Deputy of prime minister was offered to Vitali Klitschko.

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has offered the position of prime minister to an opposition leader, Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The offer came after talks on Saturday with opposition leaders in a new effort to end the worsening unrest that has spread across the country, BBC informed.

Earlier, protesters in Kiev tried to occupy the energy ministry.

The protests began in November after Ukraine decided not to sign an accord on more co-operation with the EU. The crisis escalated this week when two activists were killed, and another was found dead with torture marks in a forest near the capital.

A 45-year-old protester is said to have died in a Kiev hospital on Saturday, after sustaining injuries in earlier violence.

Mr Yatsenyuk, parliamentary leader of the country's second biggest party, Fatherland, has not commented on the president's offer. He is an ally of the jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.

Mr Yanukovych has also offered the post of deputy prime minister for humanitarian issues to the former boxer, Vitali Klitschko, who is leader of the Udar (Punch) movement.

Ukrainian media also report that Mr Yanukovych has said he is ready to amend the constitution to reduce the president's powers.

The opposition has previously demanded that Mr Yanukovych step down.

In a statement published on the government's website, Justice Minister Olena Lukash said that the president had offered public debates with Vitali Klitschko "in order to ensure a wide public dialogue," and that Mr Klitschko had agreed.

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