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Biden urges compromise to resolve Ukraine crisis

February 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden is urging Ukraine’s president to accept international support and take immediate steps to resolve the nation’s political crisis.

Biden spoke by phone Tuesday with President Viktor Yanukovych. It’s at least the fourth time this year that the two leaders have spoken.

The White House says Biden encouraged Yanukovych to remove riot police, release detainees and hold those responsible for attacking journalists and protesters accountable. Biden says only more dialogue and compromise can lead to a new government that will have the Ukrainian people’s confidence.

Over two months of intense protests have put Yanukovych under substantial pressure. But he has made no moves to work with the opposition since last week, when he pushed parliament to pass a measure providing amnesty to many arrested protesters.

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