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Kerry: Offers by Ukraine's embattled president to its opposition not enough to end crisis

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    US Secretary of State John Kerry briefs the media after a meeting with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the airport Tegel in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Kerry is on a stopover in the German capital en route to the Munich Security Conference. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, right, and his counterpart US Secretary Of State John Kerry, left, brief the media after a meeting at the Tegel airport in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Kerry is on a stopover in the German capital en route to the Munich Security Conference. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) (The Associated Press)

U.S. Secretary John Kerry says the overtures so far by Ukraine's embattled president to the country's political opposition are not enough to end the crisis.

But Kerry told reporters Friday that Ukraine's opposition has full U.S. support and if Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych does offer genuine cooperation, the opposition should seize the opportunity.

To date, however, Kerry said those overtures have "not reached an adequate level." Yanukovych announced Thursday he was taking an indefinite sick leave, prompting a guessing game among Ukrainians whether he was really ill or deliberately leaving the spotlight — either ahead of a crackdown or to step aside.

Kerry spoke at a news conference in Berlin before traveling to Munich for a regional security conference where he is expected to meet with Ukrainian opposition figures.

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