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Ukrainian protesters claim control over capital

Updated Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 | 9:54 p.m.

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A leader of the protesters in the Ukrainian capital says they are in full control of the city after the signing of a peace deal aimed at ending the nation's three-month political crisis.

Media reports say that President Viktor Yanukovych has left the capital for his native eastern Ukraine after surrendering much of his powers and agreeing to early elections this fall.

The changes came as part of Friday's Western-brokered deal intended to end violence that killed scores and left hundreds wounded. The claims of his departure could not be immediately confirmed, however.

Andriy Parubiy, a leader of the protest camp on Independence Square, known as the Maidan, said Saturday that protesters are now in full control of the capital. Many of the protesters are continuing to demand Yanukovych's immediate ouster.