Ukraine crisis: Concessions fail to end unrest

Protesters guard the barricade in front of riot police in Kiev, Ukraine on Friday.
Protesters guard the barricade in front of riot police in Kiev, Ukraine on Friday.

BBC Online :
Violence has continued in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, after President Viktor Yanukovych promised to make concessions to try to end the country’s crisis.
As dawn broke on Saturday, fires still burned in the city centre. Overnight, protesters threw rocks and petrol bombs at police, who responded with tear gas.
Yanukovych pledged to amend anti-protest laws and reshuffle the cabinet.
But opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko said the protesters now wanted the president to resign.
The Lviv regional state administration office resembles something from protest-hit Kiev. All around the building there are barricades of snow bags, tyres and wooden sticks.
On Thursday, hundreds of anti-government protesters seized control here.
Inside, I met “commandant” Andriy, the man in charge here now and the head of the local trade union. Andriy told me that the protesters were motivated by anger at what was happening in Kiev.
They blame the authorities for the violence and for the death of anti-government activist Yuri Verbytsky, who was from Lviv. He was found dead in a forest outside Kiev. “People,” Andriy said, “have the right to rise up.”
It’s a similar picture in other parts of western Ukraine, where protesters have been picketing local government offices and, in some cases, taking control.
It’s in this region that opposition to President Yanukovych has traditionally been strongest – and pro-Europe sentiment most keenly felt.
On Friday night, protesters burned tyres on barricades on Hrushevskyy Street – the scene of recent deadly clashes near the main protest camp on the capital’s Independence Square.
Fireballs lit up the sky. Witnesses said several arrests were made.
Activists seized a number of government offices across Ukraine.