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EU foreign policy chief meets President Yanukovych as Ukrainian crisis slogs through stalemate

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    An opposition supporter makes soup for his comrades in Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) (The Associated Press)

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    EU Foreign Policy chief Catherine Ashton, second right, poses prior to her meeting with Ukrainian opposition leaders, Oleh Tyahnybok, left, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, right, and Vitali Klitschko, second left, in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool) (The Associated Press)

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    An opposition supporter guards the entrance to one of the streets leading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) (The Associated Press)

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    A woman walks past tents set up in the middle of the street by opposition supporters near to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) (The Associated Press)

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    Supporters of a far-right Ukrainian party Svoboda march a long the street near to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The mayor of a western city warned that his police would fight any troops sent in by the president. The governor of an eastern region posted an image of an opposition lawmaker beaten bloody, saying he couldn't contain his laughter. Two months into Ukraine's anti-government protests, the two sides are only moving further apart. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti) (The Associated Press)

The European Union's foreign policy chief is meeting Ukraine's president as the country's political crisis bogs down in a stalemate and the opposition accuses the leadership of conducting a war of attrition.

Catherine Ashton's meeting with Viktor Yanukovych was announced on Wednesday on Twitter by her spokeswoman, Maja Kocijancic, without details. She met on Tuesday evening with leaders of the large months-long protests against Yanukovych, over his decision to shun the EU and turn to Moscow.

Ashton's office has said that the EU is discussing financial aid to prop up Ukraine's struggling economy. Opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk told The Associated Press that no specifics were put forth in their discussions on Tuesday.

Yatsenyuk charged Yanukovych is "targeting ways how to buy time and drag us into never-ending talks and discussions."