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Ukraine Opposition Wants Constitutional Change

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Leaders of the anti-government protests that have gripped Ukraine's capital for more than two months say they will seek constitutional changes that will weaken the president's powers. (Feb. 3)

SHOTLIST:

AP Television - AP Clients Only

Kiev, Ukraine - February 3, 2014

1. Mid of riot police

2. Mid of protesters encampment

3. Mid of riot police

4. Mid of protesters in encampment

5. Mid of meeting in parliament

6. Tight cutaway of camera and meetin participants

7. Mid of presenter in meeting in parliament

8. Opposition leader being interviewed

9. Mid of meeting in parliament

10. Wide of meeting in parliament

11. AP File video of Yanukovych

AP Television - AP Clients Only

Kiev, Ukraine - February 2, 2014

12. Mid of Opposition leader speaking to rally

13. Cutaway of crowd during rally

14. Mid of opposition leader speaking to rally

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 3, 2014

15. Wide of protest encampment area

16. Tight of flags in encampment area

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 2, 2014

17. Mid of opposition leader speaking at mic

18. Mid of opposition leader speaking at rally

19. Mid Cutaway of flags

20. Tight of flags

21. Wide of crowd at rally

AP Television - AP Clients Only

Kiev, Ukraine - February 2, 2014

22. Mid of Ukrainian foreign minister at microphone

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Kiev, Ukraine - February 2, 2014

23. Wide of protest rally

STORYLINE:

WITH RIOT POLICE GUARDING THE STREETS -- AND PROTESTERS REFUSING TO VACATE BUILDINGS AND GIVE UP THEIR ENCAMPMENT IN THE CAPITAL -- UKRAINE remains MIRED IN ITS DEEPEST POLITICAL CRISIS IN YEARS..

BUT A PARLIAMENTARY SESSION SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY HAS OBSERVERS WONDERING WHETHER THE POLITICAL DIVIDE COULD START TO BE BRIDGED.

OPPOSITION LEADERS AND THE COUNTRY'S RULING PARTY HELD TALKS ON MONDAY..... AHEAD OF A SESSION THAT WILL BE DEVOTED TO DISCUSSING CONSITUTIONAL CHANGES THAT WOULD WEAKEN THE PRESIDENT YANUKOVYCH'S POWERS.

THE OPPOSITION IS ALSO PUSHING FOR A BLANKET AMNESTY FOR MORE THAN 100 PEOPLE ARRESTED IN RECENT PROTESTS.

LAST WEEK, PARLIAMENT OFFERED A **CONDITIONAL** AMNESTY TO SOME OF THE PROTESTERS....IF THEY WOULD LEAVE MANY OF THE OCCUPIED BUILDINGS.....BUT THAT OFFER WAS TURNED DOWN.

THE OPPOSITION IS ALSO DEMANDING THE PRESIDENT STEP DOWN.

AND THEY'RE DEMANDING EARLY ELECTIONS.

YANUKOVYCH RETURNED TO WORK MONDAY AFTER A BRIEF SICK LEAVE.

SO FAR, HE HAS SHOWN NO SIGN OF ACCEPTING EITHER OF THOSE KEY DEMANDS.

HOWEVER, HIS FOREIGN MINISTER SAYS HE IS READY TO DISCUSS POLITICAL CHANGES WITH THE OPPOSITION.

NED BARKER/ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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