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Ukraine's president says deal reached over crisis

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Anti-government protesters carry a fellow protester who was wounded during clashes with riot police in central Kiev on Feb. 20. (Photo: Sergei Supinsky, AFP)

KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian presidency's office said Friday a deal has been reached to resolve the nation's political crisis following all-night talks with leaders from the opposition and representatives from the European Union and Russia.

A brief statement released on the website of President Yanukovych's office said a formal agreement will be signed at midday local time. The statement gave no further details.

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There has been no confirmation from the opposition, the EU or Russia that a deal has been reached.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who was involved in the talks along with his German and Polish counterparts, said on Europe-1 radio Friday that "as long as things are not effectively completed, we must remain very prudent."

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"The opposition wants to consult a certain number of its supporters, which is understandable," he said. "We discussed all subjects during these negotiations. It was done in an extremely difficult atmosphere, because there were dozens of dead and the country is on the verge of civil war."

A lull in fighting appeared to hold on Friday morning, as several thousand protesters milled around the Maidan, and volunteers walked freely to the protest camps to donate food and other packages.

On Thursday, leaders in Europe voted to impose sanctions on Ukraine's leaders after a truce was shattered by government police who fired into crowds of protesters, killing as many as 100 people in the bloodiest day of violence since the confrontation began.

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