022014_ssr_yaroshevsky_640Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday announced early presidential elections and promised to bring opposition members into the government in a bid to defuse the country’s political crisis, even as police and anti-government protesters exchanged gunfire near Kiev’s Independence Square. Yanukovych, who was in talks with opposition leaders and foreign officials until early Friday, gave no time frame and it’s unclear whether his belated concessions will be enough to hold off protesters who have occupied a piece of Kiev and government buildings around the country in a nationwide battle over the identity of their country. There was no immediate comment from opposition leaders, who were meeting among themselves after a marathon night of meetings with European diplomats. More