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Ukraine's outgoing leader has denied agreeing to concessions with his opponents to end a crisis that has plunged the country into turmoil and driven a wedge between Russia and the West.

Hopes of a breakthrough in talks to end the stand-off between rival candidates in Ukraine's presidential elections have been dashed after the prime minister denied he had agreed to give up power.

President Leonid Kuchma has said he will honour the Supreme Court's call for a repeat presidential runoff election.

Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has torn up a deal to reduce the president's powers and told his supporters to keep up pressure on the streets.

The Ukrainian parliament has called on outgoing President Leonid Kuchma to withdraw the nation's 1600 peacekeepers from

Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma has gained Russian President Vladimir Putin's backing against calls for a quick re-run of just the last stage of disputed presidential elections.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is sceptical about demands by the Ukrainian opposition to repeat a run-off vote after a contested presidential election.

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