The UK and European Union allies will support a new government in Ukraine "as and when that is formed", William Hague said today as power appeared to have slipped from president Viktor Yanukovych.

The Foreign Secretary and his German counterpart have held talks aimed at pushing for financial support for Ukraine as the constitutional crisis in the country deepened.

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Mr Hague discussed the fast-moving situation with Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the pair agreed their support for a "new government" in the country, as President Viktor Yanukovych described the events as a coup and insisted he would not step down.

The sudden rush of developments left a power vacuum in the riot-hit country, and rendered pointless the peace deal signed by Yanukovych and the opposition the previous day.

Mr Hague said today that the voices of those who had been protesting would be heard.

"Today I am in close touch with key partners over the extraordinary developments in Ukraine," he said.

"Events in the last 24 hours show the will of Ukrainians to move towards a different future, and ensure that the voices of those who have protested courageously over several months are heard."

Mr Yanukovych left the capital Kiev and travelled to his political powerbase in the country's east, while Ukraine's parliament has voted to call early presidential elections for May 25.

Protesters, curious locals and journalists from around the world flocked to the vacated presidential compound to see for themselves Mr Yanukovych's opulent villa, complete with a collection of historic cars, a wooden galleon and a private zoo, using social media to share photographs of the opulent building.

The amazing spectacle had been hidden behind huge walls and never seen by the public.

Matt Frei, of Channel 4 News, described "ornamental lakes, marble statues, deer and antelope cast in bronze."

Under an agreement reached yesterday between Mr Yanukovych and leaders of the opposition protests, early elections were to be held no later than December.

But the possibility that he could remain in office for the rest of the year angered protesters who want his immediate departure.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said Mr Hague's tweet about a "new government" referred to the changes agreed yesterday and "working towards a new constitution and elections".

She said the discussions with Mr Steinmeier were a follow-up to the developments yesterday.

"Obviously there is still a lot more to be done there now," the spokeswoman said.

"One of the things they talked about was the economic situation and putting together a financial package which will help to stabilise the situation in Ukraine, to enable the Ukraine to receive long-term support from the IMF."

Mr Hague said today the UK will work closely with its EU partners "in support of a new government in Ukraine, as and when that is formed."

"In the meantime it is important that Ukraine's political leaders respond to events calmly and with determination to harness the united efforts of all Ukrainians to work together for a successful future."

The party of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko - a rival to Mr Yanukovych - said that she had been released after two-and-a-half years in prison.

Addressing the crown in Kiev's Independence Square, Ms Tymoshenko paid tribute to the protesters who had lost their lives in the unrest, saying "heroes don't die, they are always with us and they always will be our inspiration".

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Speaking from a wheelchair amid occasionally chaotic scenes in the square, which has become the focal point for the opposition movement, Ms Tymoshenko said the protests should continue.

"Until you finish this job and until we travel all the way, nobody has the right to leave," she said. "Because nobody could do it - not other countries, nobody - could do what you have done. We've eliminated this cancer, this tumour."

Mr Hague and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier held talks aimed at pushing for financial support for Ukraine.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "One of the things they talked about was the economic situation and putting together a financial package which will help to stabilise the situation in Ukraine, to enable the Ukraine to receive long-term support from the IMF."

A US State Department spokesman said: "Going forward, we will work with our allies, with Russia, and with appropriate European and international organisations to support a strong, prosperous, unified, and democratic Ukraine."

With Mr Yanukovych refusing to accept the will of the country's MPs, fears mounted that the country could split in two - a Europe-leaning west and a Russian-leaning east and south.

"They are trying to scare me. I have no intention to leave the country. I am not going to resign, I'm the legitimately elected president," Mr Yanukovych said in a televised statement.

"Everything that is happening today is, to a greater degree, vandalism and banditry and a coup d'etat," he said. "I will do everything to protect my country from breakup, to stop bloodshed."

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    Anti-government protesters stand guard next to a police water cannon on the Independence square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People gather outside the parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An anti-government activist stands guard outside the Finance ministry in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People pay their respects to two anti-government protesters killed during the recent clashes, during a funeral ceremony on the Independence square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Protesters walk past the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People express their joy in front of the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An anti-government activist stands guard outside the Finance ministry in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man walks past empty Molotov cocktail bottles on Kiev's Independence Square on February 22, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych denied on February 22 that he planned to resign in response to violence that left nearly 100 people dead in anti-government unrest. 'I am not leaving the country for anywhere. I do not intend to resign. I am the legitimately elected president,' Yanukovych told a local television station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government activists stand guard at the entrance of the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A couple walks past empty Molotov cocktail bottles on Kiev's Independence Square on February 22, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych denied on February 22 that he planned to resign in response to violence that left nearly 100 people dead in anti-government unrest. 'I am not leaving the country for anywhere. I do not intend to resign. I am the legitimately elected president,' Yanukovych told a local television station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY (Photo credit should read SERGEI SUPINSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An anti-government protester stands on a police vehicle on Indepence Square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newly-appointed Speaker of the Parliament Oleksandr Turchynov (R) prepares to deliver a speech during a session in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ VOLODYMYR STRUMKOVSKY (Photo credit should read VOLODYMYR STRUMKOVSKY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government protesters celebrate in central in Kiev on February 22, 2014. The regime of Ukraine's president appeared close to collapse on February 22 as the emboldened opposition took control of central Kiev and key government and parliament positions and voted to immediately free its jailed leader Yulia Tymoshenko. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government protesters ride on a military truck in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on February 22 he would not sign any of the new laws passed by parliament, which included a measure to release the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. 'The decisions they are taking today are illegitimate. They must hear this from me -- I do not intend to sign anything,' Yanukovych told a local television station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People cheer as anti-government protesters arrive outside the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on February 22 he would not sign any of the new laws passed by parliament, which included a measure to release the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. 'The decisions they are taking today are illegitimate. They must hear this from me -- I do not intend to sign anything,' Yanukovych told a local television station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People cheer as anti-government protesters arrive outside the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said on February 22 he would not sign any of the new laws passed by parliament, which included a measure to release the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. 'The decisions they are taking today are illegitimate. They must hear this from me -- I do not intend to sign anything,' Yanukovych told a local television station in the eastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People attend a funeral service for two anti-government protesters killed during the recent clashes on the Independence square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People celebrate outside the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman weeps while shouting 'honour to our heroes' during a funeral service for the anti-government protesters who were killed during the recent clashes in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Head of UDAR (Punch) party Vitalii Klitschko (above) and his deputies applaud after a voting to hold early presidential elections on May 25 during a Parliament session in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ YURY KIRNICHNY (Photo credit should read YURY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Newly-elected Parliament Speaker Oleksandr Turchynov (C) poses with a group of anti-government protesters outside the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman weeps while shouting 'honour to our heroes' during a funeral service for the anti-government protesters who were killed during the recent clashes in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government protesters stand guard in front of the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People express their joy in front of the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman weeps during a funeral service for the anti-government protesters who were killed during the recent clashes in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government activists react after the vote of the Ukrainian Parliament as they rally outside the building in Kiev, on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on Saturday voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ SERGEY GAPON (Photo credit should read SERGEY GAPON/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government activists react after the vote of the Ukrainian Parliament in Kiev as they rally outside the building in Kiev, on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on Saturday voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ YURY KIRNICHNY (Photo credit should read YURY KIRNICHNY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Anti-government activists stand guard outside the Parliament in Kiev during a session on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An opposition party member addresses the crowd outside the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22, 2014 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This picture taken through a window on February 22, 2014 shows the interior of the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People carry coffins during a funeral service to anti-government protesters killed during recent clashes with Ukrainian forces, in Kiev, on February 22, 2014. The regime of Ukraine's president appeared close to collapse on February 22 as the emboldened opposition took control of central Kiev and key government and parliament positions and voted to immediately free its jailed leader Yulia Tymoshenko. AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A woman holds a USSR flag during a rally of a newly organized movement called Eastern Front in the eastern industrial city of Donetsk on February 22, 2014, calling for the separation of the South East of Ukraine. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych refused to step down Saturday and denounced a 'coup' by protesters as the emboldened opposition took control of parliament and parts of Kiev in another dramatic turn in the three-month crisis. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER KHUDOTEPLY (Photo credit should read Alexander KHUDOTEPLY/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People carry a coffin during a funeral service for two anti-government protesters killed during the recent clashes on the Independence square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People pay their respects to two anti-government protesters killed during the recent clashes, during a funeral ceremony on the Independence square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    A man holding a European Union flag poses in front of the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This picture taken on February 22, 2014 shows the main building of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's residency near Kiev. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO/GENYA SAVILOV (Photo credit should read GENYA SAVILOV/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An opposition party member addresses the crowd outside the Parliament in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22, 2014 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    An anti-government protester stands on a police vehicle on Indepence Square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. Ukraine's parliament on February 22 voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25, passing a resolution stating that Viktor Yanukovych had failed to properly fulfil his duties as president. The resolution said that Yanukovych 'is removing himself (from power) because he is not fulfilling his obligations, and (that parliament) is setting elections for May 25.' AFP PHOTO/ BULENT KILIC (Photo credit should read BULENT KILIC/AFP/Getty Images)

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    People pay their respects to two anti-government protesters killed during the recent clashes, during a funeral ceremony on the Independence square in Kiev on February 22, 2014. A member of Ukraine's parliament said on February 22 that President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to submit his resignation in response to violence that left nearly 100 dead in anti-government unrest. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk told reporters that Ukraine's embattled leader said he would resign in a conversation with protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk. AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKI (Photo credit should read LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Violence Escalates As Kiev Protests Continue

    KIEV, UKRAINE - FEBRUARY 22: A man thought to be a Berkut, (riot police) is detained by anti-government demonstrators in Independence square February 22, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine. The offices of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych have been left unguarded, with the protesters in full control of the streets surrounding the government district. The opposition have called for elections to take place on May 25 and demanded that President Yanukovych stand down immediately. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)