KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine's opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the president and European and Russian mediators for early elections and a new government in hopes of ending a deadly political crisis.
It could be a breakthrough in a months-long crisis over Ukraine's future and identity that worsened sharply this week and left scores dead in the worst violence in Ukraine's history as an independent nation.
A key question is whether the thousands of protesters camped out in Kiev will heed it. The leader of a radical group that has been a driver of violent clashes with police, Pravy Sektor, said Friday he doesn't believe President Viktor Yanukovych will honor the deal and "the national revolution will continue," according to the Interfax news agency.
The agreement says presidential elections will be held no later than December, instead of March 2015 as scheduled, according to a copy provided by the German government.
It says Ukrainian authorities will restore within 48 hours a previous constitution that limits presidential powers, then name a coalition government within 10 days.
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