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Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov submits resignation

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Protesters attend a march in central Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Jan. 27, 2014. Ukraine's justice minister is threatening to call for a state of emergency unless protesters leave her ministry building, which they occupied during the night. The seizure of the building early Monday underlined how anti-government demonstrators are increasingly willing to take dramatic action as they push for the president's resignation and other concessions. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)The Associated Press

The prime minister of crisis-torn Ukraine has submitted his resignation.

In a statement Tuesday on the government website, Mykola Azarov offered his resignation in order to encourage what he called "social-political compromise."

Ukraine has been gripped by protests for two months and the crisis was aggravated in recent days after protesters and police clashed violently.