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Shaky peace reigns after Ukraine rocked by street battles that leave scores of protesters dead

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    Anti-government protesters carry a catapult, used for hurling petrol bombs, at a barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, late Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to shoot back and kill scores of people in the country's deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) (The Associated Press)

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    An anti-government protester takes a rest at a barricade at Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to shoot back and kill scores of people in the country's deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. (AP Photo/ Marko Drobnjakovic) (The Associated Press)

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    Activists burn tyres at barricades close to Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest, in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, as, according to the protesters, the resulting heavy black smoke does not allow riot police snipers to aim easily at protesters. Fierce clashes between police and protesters in Ukraine's capital have shattered the brief truce Thursday and an Associated Press reporter has seen dozens of bodies laid out on the edge of the protest encampment. (AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky) (The Associated Press)

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    Anti-government protesters reinforce a barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, late Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to shoot back and kill scores of people in the country's deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic) (The Associated Press)

Talks between opposition leaders and the embattled Ukrainian president continue as a shaky peace reigns in the protest camps in downtown Kiev.

President Viktor Yanukovych, who early Friday was still engaged in talks with opposition leaders and foreign officials, was "going to make concessions in order to restore peace," Interfax Ukraine quoted his spokeswoman Anna German as saying.

Several thousand protesters milled around Independence Square, known as the Maidan, which earlier this week was rocked by street battles between protesters and police that have left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

No visible police forces remained on the square.

The protests began three months ago after Yanukovych shelved an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.