Ukraine Opposition Rejects Talks with President

Protesters reoccupy square after police withdraw


Ukraine's opposition rejected efforts by the president to ease a political crisis after anti-government activists thwarted an attempt by riot police to clear them off the streets.

Opposition leaders said President Viktor Yanukovych must bow to their demands before talks can be held, calling his offer of a round-table meeting "a farce." Protesters, who re-occupied Independence Square after police withdrew following a night-time operation to dismantle tents and barricades, must give their approval, the leaders said.