KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - A top aide to Ukraine's beleaguered president says he has no intention of leaving the country.
Hanna Herman, a close ally of President Viktor Yanukovych, tells The Associated Press the president is visiting Kharkiv, a city in Ukraine's east which is the heart of his support.
The trip comes a day after Yanukovych and opposition leaders signed an agreement aimed at resolving Ukraine's bloody political crisis. The agreement calls for early elections and constitutional reform that reduce the president's powers.
Meanwhile, police have abandoned their posts around the capital, and protesters have taken up positions around the presidential office and residence, claiming to be in full control of the city.