Ukraine leader agrees to scrap anti-protest laws

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday agreed to scrap anti-protest laws but said jailed protesters would be released only if barricades are taken down, in a new twist to a two-month crisis before a key EU-Russia summit.

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk also formally turned down the post of prime minister, held out by Yanukovych following a previous round of negotiations on Saturday, the presidency said in a statement on the talks.

edit: There are also rumors that this gesture is a ruse.