EU leaders visit Ukraine to mediate as violence spreads beyond Kyiv
As anti-government violent demonstrations spread across Ukraine, EU Enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule travelled to Kyiv on Friday in an attempt to calm tensions and help dialogue.
Fule's trip comes after Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich held unsuccessful talks with opposition leaders on Thursday aimed at putting an end to over 2 months of unrest.
In a telephone conversation also on Thursday, European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso warned Yanukovich that the EU would consider 'possible consequences' in its bilateral relations if the violence does not stop.
Hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Kyiv after Yanukovich failed to sign a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Moscow.
The movement has since widened into broader anti-government protests. There have been at least three people killed after clashes between protesters and riot police.
But Yanukovich told Barroso that he did not foresee the declaration of a state of emergency in Ukraine
Yanukovich has called for a special session of parliament next week to find a way out of the crisis.
Europe's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is expected to visit Kyiv next week to to meet with President Yanukovych as well as opposition leaders.