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Ukraine leader offers concessions

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President Viktor Yanukovych pledged to reshuffle his government and amend controversial anti-protest laws to ease Ukraine's crisis, after losing control of local administrations across the west of the country. 

Activists of Euromaidan (the name given for Independence Square) burn tyres and warm themselves at a barricade in the center of Kiev early on January 24, 2014

With the ex-Soviet state in shock after five days of deadly clashes, Yanukovych vowed to press on with talks with the opposition but warned he would use "all legal methods" if no solution were found.

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