Ukrainian opposition to go to presidential talks

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Pro-European Union activists guard barricades near the Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday, Dec. 13, 2013. Ukraine was thrown into crisis last month when President Viktor Yanukovych suddenly backed away from a long-awaited political and economic agreement with the European Union, deciding to focus instead on restoring trade ties with Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — A leader of the massive anti-government protests in Ukraine's capital says opposition members will attend roundtable talks with President Viktor Yanukovych in order to push their demands for early elections.

The announcement by Vitali Klitschko came about 30 minutes before the talks, which also include religious, student and labor representatives, were to begin.

The opposition previously had rejected an invitation to the talks.

Klitschko said Friday that "We can get out of the crisis only through a change of power. We are demanding early elections for parliament and the president, and we are going to the roundtable with these demands."