Ukraine leader offers concession

Protesters dismiss vow to give eastern areas more powers

Posted: April 12, 2014 at 3:29 a.m.

A masked pro-Russian activist warms himself next to a makeshift fire as he guards a regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Friday, April 11, 2014. Ukraine’s prime minister on Friday told leaders in the country’s restive east that he is committed to allowing regions to have more powers. Yatsenyuk Friday morning flew into Donetsk, where pro-Russian separatists are occupying the regional administration building and calling for a referendum that could prefigure seeking annexation by Russia. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

DONETSK, Ukraine — Ukraine’s acting prime minister Friday abandoned threats to forcibly evict pro-Russian demonstrators from government buildings and assured political and business leaders in the country’s east that they would get more power to run their own affairs.

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