KIEV, Ukraine — Still struggling↲ to contain a national civil uprising↲, President Viktor F. Yanukovych of Ukraine agreed late Monday to revoke a package↲ of new laws severely restricting political dissent, but a wider accord to defuse↲ the crisis remained out of reach, officials said.
While nominally a concession to the opposition, a repeal↲ of the laws would simply reverse a provocative legislative maneuver on Jan. 16 that only further infuriated antigovernment protesters who at that point had been on the streets for nearly two months over other grievances↲.
The situation in Ukraine, a country of 46 million perched↲ strategically between Russia and the European Union, has deteriorated sharply↲ after clashes↲ between the police and demonstrators in Kiev turned violent last week and mass protests began spreading in regional capitals.
He offered to install opposition leaders as prime minister and vice prime minister — a proposal that they swiftly rebuffed↲ in part because there was little support for it on the street, but also because it would have solidified Mr. Yanukovych’s own grip on power↲.
One of those opposition leaders, Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, the leader in Parliament of the Fatherland Party, officially informed the president on Monday night that he would not accept the post of prime minister.
In a statement released earlier in the day, Yulia V. Tymoshenko, a Fatherland leader and former prime minister who was jailed by Mr. Yanukovych, urged↲ that the deal be rejected. “The people want fundamental changes in their lives, justice in Ukraine and a path to European values,” she said. “This is their last chance. Politicians still don’t understand that the people are ready to achieve their goal↲ at the cost of their lives, health and physical freedom.”
In addition to repealing the new restrictions on dissent, officials said that a special session of Parliament on Tuesday would also begin to address a rollback of constitutional changes broadly expanding the powers of the presidency that had been made at Mr. Yanukovych’s direction earlier in his term↲.
Yet, in a sign of how Mr. Yanukovych has reshaped↲ the political system to his advantage, a return to the Constitution as it existed in 2004, absent↲ other changes, would largely serve to empower↲ a Parliament now solidly controlled by his Party of Regions.
Despite a thuggish↲ reputation, Mr. Yanukovych has repeatedly proved himself to be a wily↲ negotiator. After backing away from the deal with Europe, which would have required him to free Ms. Tymoshenko, as well as to undertake↲ painful austerity measures↲ demanded by the International Monetary Fund, Mr. Yanukovych secured↲ a desperately needed $15 billion financial rescue package from President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.
At the same time, he avoided having to declare that Ukraine would join Russia’s customs union↲ with Belarus and Kazakhstan, which the Kremlin has clearly wanted as part of a deal.
Still, Mr. Yanukovych’s allies have grown increasingly uneasy↲ as the country has descended into chaos, and international leaders have raised a growing outcry↲ over evidence of abductions↲, beatings and other abuse of protesters by the authorities or their surrogates↲. On Monday, the Party of Regions issued a statement accusing protest leaders of attempting a coup, and of encouraging the occupation of government buildings.
Three soldiers were killed on Tuesday when security forces clashed with the separatists. ↔Três soldados foram mortos na terça-feira, quando as forças de segurança entraram em confronto com os separatistas.
USA is helping the Russian terrorists achieve their goal in scaring American from traveling to Sochi. ↔Os EUA estão ajudando terroristas russos a alcançarem seu objetivo de assustar os americanos em viajar para Sochi.