Anti-government protesters have seized the Ukrainian justice ministry in Kyiv, after rejecting President Viktor Yanukovych\’s offer to name an opposition leader as prime minister.
Demonstrators used sandbags and garbage cans to build a barrier around the ministry Sunday.
President Yanukovych offered to name opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister, and former boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko as his deputy.
Yatsenyuk told a crowd that the opposition is "not afraid" of accepting more political responsibility. But he said Yanukovych still has to meet several demands. They include early elections, freedom for jailed protesters, and repealing anti-protest laws.
Marchers took to the streets in late November after Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union in favor of closer ties to Russia.
Protests in Ukraine are spreading further outside Kiev, with reports of unrest in the east, north and south.
On Friday protesters seized several government buildings in cities outside Kiev, particularly in the west, which has traditionally favoured closer ties with Europe, including in the cities of Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lutsk and Lviv.
On Saturday the protests spread to cities further east, including Vinnytsya, south-west of Kiev.
Reports now suggest unrest is spreading further into the country\’s east, which has traditionally had closer ties with Russia and is Yanukovych\’s support base:
Source: VOA and agencies