KIEV, Ukraine — Leaders of Ukraine's opposition signed a deal Friday with President Viktor Yanukovych and European mediators to put an end to the country's bloody crisis. The deal includes early presidential elections and a new government.
After the initial announcement President Yanukovych announced on his website there would be early presidential elections and promised to form a coalition government.
As the president of Ukraine and the guarantor of the Constitution, today I am fulfilling my duty before the people, before Ukraine and before God in the name of saving the nation, in the name of preserving people's lives, in the name of peace and calm of our land.
The parliament session convened to end the crisis quickly descended into a huge shouting match.
Opposition lawmaker Lesya Orobets posted a photo of police armed with automatic weapons in parliament. They were later forced out of the building.
Ukraine's Interior Ministry released a statement saying that protesters attempting to storm parliament opened fire on police Friday morning.
The report did not mention whether police retreated or returned fire. A Kyiv Post reporter on the scene soon afterward tweeted that things were peaceful.
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