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Shaky peace reigns after Ukraine rocked by protest

Updated Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 | 9:15 p.m.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Talks between opposition leaders and the embattled Ukrainian president continue as a shaky peace reigns in the protest camps in downtown Kiev.

President Viktor Yanukovych, who early Friday was still engaged in talks with opposition leaders and foreign officials, was "going to make concessions in order to restore peace," Interfax Ukraine quoted his spokeswoman Anna German as saying.

Several thousand protesters milled around Independence Square, known as the Maidan, which earlier this week was rocked by street battles between protesters and police that have left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

No visible police forces remained on the square.

The protests began three months ago after Yanukovych shelved an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.