More on this, from the Washington Post:http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/ukraine-president-will-scrap-anti-protest-law/2014/01/27/8e4d613e-879f-11e3-833c-33098f9e5267_story.htmlUkraine president will scrap anti-protest law
By Jim Heinz and Maria Danilova, Published: January 27
KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s beleaguered president on Monday agreed to scrap harsh anti-protest laws that set off a wave of clashes between protesters and police over the past week.
In a statement on the presidential Web site, Justice Minister Elena Lukash said that in a meeting with top opposition figures and President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday night, “a political decision was made on scrapping the laws of Jan. 16, which aroused much discussion.”
Yanukovych pushed those laws through parliament. Three days later clashes with police broke out, a sharp escalation of tensions after weeks of mostly peaceful protests.
Eliminating the laws, which is likely to be done in a special parliament session Tuesday, would be a substantial concession to the opposition. But it does not meet all their demands, which include Yanukovych’s resignation.
One of the opposition figures, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, turned down the prime minister’s job, which Yanukovych offered him on Saturday.