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Ukraine presidency: deal ending crisis to be inked

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukrainian president’s office says a deal intended to end violent battles between police and protesters is to be signed later Friday, but European mediators involved in talks wouldn’t confirm it.

Yanukovych’s office says that the government and the opposition have agreed to sign the deal at noon local time (1000 GMT), but wouldn’t give any details of what it could entail.

European diplomats, who were involved in the talks between Yanukovych and the opposition that went on for hours Thursday and continued into the night, urged caution and said they could not confirm an accord had been reached.

A German official in Kiev said the talks are ongoing. A French official said it may be too early to call it an accord. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be publicly named according to government policy.

The report of a deal followed the bloodiest day yet in the confrontation between the government and protesters.

Dr. Oleh Musiy, the medical coordinator for the protesters, said at least 70 protesters were killed Thursday and over 500 were wounded. The Interior Ministry said three policemen were killed and 28 suffered gunshot wounds.