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Ukraine's Presidential Offices Empty, President Yanukovych Nowhere To Be Seen

22/02/2014 10:18 GMT | Updated 22/02/2014 15:59 GMT
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Riot police leave the Presidential office in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. Ukraine?s opposition leaders signed a deal Friday with the president and European mediators for early elections and a new government in hopes of ending a deadly political crisis. Russian officials immediately criticized the deal and protesters angry over police violence showed no sign of abandoning their camp in central Kiev. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

UPDATE: Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May. The vote came barely an hour after Mr Yanukovych said in a televised address that he would not resign.

Journalists have strolled freely through Ukraine's presidential offices as uncertainty surrounds the whereabouts of president Viktor Yanukovych.

Protesters appear to be in full control of the government district, reporters at the scene said.

There is huge doubt over the peace deal agreed on Friday, which provided for elections by December.

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The protesters, who are demanding earlier elections, by May 25, are claiming full control of Kiev, Sky News reported.

And there was no sign of Yanukovych, who was reported to have left the capital.

The opposition, led by former heavyweight boxer Vitali Klitschko, are calling on him to resign.

Reporters at the scene said a power change appeared to be taking place.

It comes after the Ukrainian parliament voted in favour of stripping a law that could allow for the release of country's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was defeated in 2010 presidential elections by Yanukovych and imprisoned in 2011 on likely trumped up charges relating to an abuse of office.

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