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Anti-government protesters have occupied a government ministry in the capital city of Kiev following the failure of talks between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders.

According to reports, protesters advanced barricades closer to the presidential headquarters. They also occupied the Agriculture Ministry in the city center.

Meanwhile, demonstrators in half a dozen regions of the nationalist west have seized control of administration buildings there.

Yanukovich held talks with opposition leaders in an effort to find a negotiated solution to end the crisis on Thursday. Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko, however, said early on Friday that the president had made no concessions in a second round of talks with the opposition.

At least five people have been killed in a week of violent clashes between riot police and anti-government protesters in Kiev. Over a hundred people have also been arrested so far.

Ukraine has been rocked by anti-government protests after Yanukovych refrained from signing a trade agreement with the European Union at the third Eastern Partnership Summit in the Lithuanian capital, Vilnius, on November 29, 2013.

Kiev refused to sign the Association Agreement after EU leaders called on Ukraine to allow jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to travel overseas for medical treatment.


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