Deal Signed to End Crisis in Ukraine

Ukraine peace deal not enough say protesters as fight breaks out inside parliament.
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This is a special room. Okay. Toppling the symbols of Russian influence protesters in Ukraine. Brought down statues of Soviet -- -- Atlanta throughout the country denouncing Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych -- current ties to Moscow and his refusal. To trade with Western Europe but an end to the violence. May be -- When -- that's our New York with the CBC news digital special report back from the break a breakthrough -- in Ukraine could bring a stop. To the violent clashes between police and protesters -- has left dozens dead and both sides. He Ukrainian president has agreed to constitutional reforms and also moved up the date of the next presidential election by a month. The deal past parliament but. Not without some speeches -- without some scuffles a brawl in fact breaking out during debate over the deal. But now everyone is waiting to see if the protesters. We'll sign on as well. Right now ordering any BC's outsmart court joining us live from Ukraine with the latest on this -- thanks for joining us what does this deal promise. Good afternoon again well there are several significant elements three main elements to this deal -- for starters. It means that the presidential elections that we're supposed be held in January will be moved out. As you mentioned we believe that means that they could be held in December. Most importantly it means that there are going to revert. -- the constitution that was in existence into doubt and for what. Is strip away a bit majority of the power of the presidential -- that. And and giving -- power. Largely to a prime. And it. Also included in this deal is the promise that he knew unity government that Viktor Yanukovych will now. Put together a government but the major question. Is whether that -- whether this will pop. -- protesters. On my -- square independence square is just out there this afternoon and leave it there a lot of people who just want to see. -- record -- -- or or -- court. Or arrested or -- and -- it will not go home -- to. Does this deal promise. That all amnesty -- -- sort of make him throw away so easily from us. Well there are a lot of things that still need to be worked out a lot of did you -- that we don't know what remarkable is that people. Actually come back from the brink there is now that very tenuous truce now make a mistake it is extremely. Tense still -- still it is. It's still a powder -- -- huge potential. To do all once again into violence we've seen that a couple days ago wonder what this -- that. Just hours later was shattered but at the same time. -- -- -- -- these two sides can't we understood current -- sign a deal it was witnessed by several foreign ministers from the European. So hopefully going forward -- -- now impose a framework. To move forward it will -- -- and mollify these -- there's and then -- this state this stalemate this standstill. Arctic to come and but right now I think -- still thousands of people out on my Don square. Nothing has changed -- barricades are still up the fires are still burning and the people out there are saying they aren't ready to go home just yet. There are seem to be a lot of ifs in all of this there is. Still a possibility for constitutional reforms not to be passed why do you think the opposition took this deal then. Well in short I think it was to and the violence we saw which way we're going we saw that the Interior Minister witnessed police forces we saw. That -- the police were the president possibly with the military force it was ready to deploy the military forces. The -- -- the deadliest days in in Ukraine's post Soviet history yesterday we saw more than seventy people killed and that. Rock this nation to the core it shocked people that. Could take place and neither side wants -- see that violence in. And so I think that we're really brought these two sides of the table that signed this deal the trying to get open of violence to trying to come to some sort of agreement now. And periodical which the president is is the real loser in all of this today as we mentioned -- a huge amount of -- power has been stripped away. Could be he really -- -- Form a new government and -- you -- a face earlier election there -- so. -- says that this can be considered a victory for the opposition. But again is that this is far from over protesters out there are many of them want to -- article which has had. On on a -- and so we really -- the next few hours the next few days and weeks are to be very very important. Well and our actual -- to ask you about that in fact there is that strong sentiment by the opposition against Yanukovych there. Is there any possibility he could be provided amnesty -- is that something that the opposition in exchange or are you that other European countries. That they not be able to agree to in some kind of some kind of -- -- Well there had -- much discussion terms -- believed that the prosecution. Of general cook. What we've seen the Europeans and then and the American -- the -- happen Americans are preparing sanctions against individual that they believe. Are directly. Involved in the violence that has taken place -- has killed scores of people. Over the last few days but this is -- deal that was struck just hours ago there are still lashing out. These children and an end to end bloody that the public know what is actually it -- agreements I don't think many of those details have trickle down 200 people on the square area -- as -- mentioned many of those people will be very very just. If there isn't some sort of prosecution you have to imagine but yet they're they get a -- which would be looking for some sort of protection. What what about support as he still have a significant backing. Absolutely and I think that's one of the major points that law then all of didn't -- the picture that people see. The places that -- journalists go or are -- from -- which is in the western part. Ukraine which is close or both geographically and in terms of mentality to Europe. There is a few -- swap of the country largely in the east. In fact they don't entirely -- that it didn't feel much closer. To Russia. That get a -- which is based. And so he still has a lot of support the people that you're seeing. Police are not my down square on -- -- -- where do -- come from all over the country. But -- didn't -- the western part of country is not. I'm -- to -- article which he still does it very strong base of support in the east on the border with Russia. -- you talk about rusher at their Russian president Vladimir Putin would spend their response -- to this potential development. Very quiet the exact beyond the representative who was going to it was supposed to be here from. Our Moscow to to oversee this signing this deal was not there. The name that the line where where she was a finalist left blank. And so that -- are quietly they have not they have not responded -- -- yet you have to imagine that it did it will come. As a bit of a blow it did it certainly not something. That they want to see happen Ukraine slipping out of their sphere of influence but. These early days yet any sort -- what you have to step back and take a look at this from. From 30000 feet and you look you see that Ukraine -- that this crossroads between. East and -- between Europe BUS. And Russia and -- -- Ukraine is caught. Right in the middle so this is not something -- that Russia will let go easily. -- And the other big group of protesters that we've seen over the past few weeks the past few months. Do want to -- this country on the to believe more culturally close to -- more economically close to Europe -- the US. But but from the -- activity -- happening inside Ukraine parliament has also decided to free a previous president Yulia Tymoshenko. What can you tell us about her and the significance of them making that decision. Yes that's -- -- that's. That just inserted through the cherry on the cake if you will -- you know that the that they issued blow. Again to victory yet of course there are -- rivals. In the last election -- fact that. Not only did do what this there was this deal signed to -- to -- so many powers from the Yanukovych. But then -- turned around and and released to his main rival. These are very dramatic. I'm Syria Ukraine. The last of -- political want to ask you about you and yours and -- -- -- taken 30000 view of all of this there. And it seems that there is a lot of discussion that's taking place about the original catalyst for these protests and that was about the trade deal. With the EU is that something that's even a possibility at this point. Yes that you're you're absolutely right that we have got to remember that this all came about back in November. What he went there was a possibility that Ukraine would sign a trade deal. A week the European Union instead it turned around and and received sixteen billion dollars from from Russia arms so wouldn't -- that -- in some sort of new leadership. That this that many people here would like to see that deal back on the table I imagine the European Union would be. Ready and willing to put that deal back on the table but again -- it's still very early it -- it's hard to tell what's gonna happen. As -- as a result of all this -- shocked when it's gonna come about in the coming days and weeks. ABC's -- mark -- and Kiev Ukraine Alex thank you please be safe as always. And a complete recap right here on ABC news dot confidant Dan Cutler New York with this ABC news digital special report.

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