Jan. 26 - Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk rejects an offer of prime minister post by President Viktor Yanukovich, demanding that he first sign EU trade pact. Michaela Cabrera reports.
Hoping to end violent protests that have rocked Ukraine, President Viktor Yanukovich offered the opposition several top government posts. But opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk has rejected the post of prime minister. (SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) OPPOSITION LEADER, ARSENIY YATSENYUK, SAYING: "It's true, Viktor Yanukovich proposed the opposition to share responsibility and to head the government. To be honest we were not happy about the proposal. I am perfectly aware about what is going on in the country now. The country is on the verge of bankruptcy. They've robbed the country in the past three and a half years to the extent that the treasury is empty. The country has been driven by them into total chaos. And that's why they want to escape responsibility and are waiting to hear from us." Instead the opposition has laid their own terms - demanding that Yanukovich sign a trade pact with the European Union, that he had earlier rejected. And they want all political prisoners to be released. Meanwhile - protesters who laid siege to the International Convention Center in Kiev allowed some police to leave the building. Hundreds of protesters had occupied other government buildings in the capital, pressuring Yanukovich to step down.