Ukrainian president 'set to return after sick leave'

Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich is set to return to work on Monday after a period of sick leave, a statement on the presidential website said. Thousands of anti-government protesters have gathered in central Kiev to demand his resignation.

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PM offers resignation in hope of peaceful settlement

Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov has offered his resignation in the hope that a peaceful settlement can be found to end the unrest in the country.

"The conflict situation which has come about in the country is threatening the economic and social development of Ukraine, creating a threat to the whole of Ukrainian society and to each citizen," Azarov said.

Ukrainian prime minister Mykola Azarov has offered his resignation. Credit: Reuters

"With the aim of creating extra means for finding a social-political compromise, for the sake of a peaceful settlement of the conflict, I took the personal decision to ask the president to accept my resignation."

The 66-year-old was appointed by president Viktor Yanukovich and has been a loyal supporter of the embattled leader, backing his controversial decision to form closer economic ties with Russia instead of signing a trade deal with the European Union.

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