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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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Ukraine opposition 'ready to brave bullets' as talks fail

A pro-European protester throws a burning tyre during clashes with riot police Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Ukrainian opposition leaders have emerged from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovich saying he had failed to give concrete answers to their demands, and told their supporters on the streets to prepare for a police offensive.

Baton-wielding riot police sought to disperse protesters in Kiev earlier today Credit: Reuters

Boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko told the thousands of protesters gathered on Kiev's Independence Square that during three hours of talks the president had given no clear response to their demands that the government be dismissed and sweeping anti-protest laws ditched.

A man injured during clashes with police is transported on a stretcher. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Fifty people were detained overnight and 29 of them were officially charged with taking part in mass unrest, police said. A total of 167 police have been injured, officials said. There was no estimate of the number of civilians injured.

An aerial view shows protesters burning tyres during clashes with police Credit: Reuters/Stringer

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