Jan. 23 - Anti-government protesters in Kiev appear to be sticking to temporary truce, but are reportedly reinforcing street barricades surrounding Independence Square. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Anti-government protesters in Kiev appear to be sticking to temporary truce, but are reportedly reinforcing street barricades surrounding Independence Square. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich called for an emergency session of parliament to end the country's political crisis and violent unrest, in a sign he might be ready to soften his hardline stance and strike a compromise. Opposition leaders who held discussions with Yanukovich that ended late on Thursday immediately went to meet protesters manning street barricades to give their account of the talks. It was not immediately clear what, if any, concessions had been made. But an Ekspreso TV station correspondent reported that boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko urged activists to stick to a truce agreed earlier on Thursday until Friday morning. Klitschko, who was accompanied by nationalist leader Oleh Tyahnibok, was reported to have said that Yanukovich had promised to release all those who had been detained by police in the present unrest. A third opposition leader in the talks, former economy minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, said he felt that bloodshed had been averted, according to Russia's Interfax news agency. But he also gave no real details.