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UPDATE: Protesters agree to deal with Ukrainian president

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KIEV, Ukraine (WKOW) -- Protesters have agreed to a deal with Ukraine's president on defusing the deadly political crisis. That's according to Germany's Foreign Ministry.

European officials tweeted Friday afternoon (local time) the Maidan council, which has led the protest movement, "has decided that opposition leaders can sign the agreement." An opposition spokeswoman confirmed leaders were heading to the president's office and had agreed to a deal.

It's unclear what's in the deal or whether protesters put any conditions on it.

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KIEV, Ukraine (WKOW) -- Viktor Yanukovych, the Ukrainian President, has announced that there will be early presidential elections and has promised to form a coalition government. This comes as a solution to deescalate a deep violent crisis in which hundreds have been killed and injured.

Yanukovych also announced that there was a deal after foreign ministers from France, Germany, and Poland met with him and the opposition. However shots still rang out after this deal had been reached. The document is supposed to be signed today, but European mediators have not yet confirmed that information.

There also has not been an immediate comment from opposition leaders, who are currently meeting among themselves.

Yanukovych stated that the elections would be early, however did not give a specific date in a statement posted on his website. He also promised the trimming of presidential powers - which is a key demand of protestors.

The conflict is a battle over the identity of Ukraine, a nation of 46 million people that has divided loyalty between Russia and the West.

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