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Ukraine president agrees to a deal

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KIEV, Ukraine — In a day that could significantly shift Ukraine’s political destiny, opposition leaders signed a deal today with the country’s beleaguered president that calls for an early election, a new constitution and a new unity government.

It was not clear, however, how well the deal would go down with all the sides involved in Ukraine’s protracted political crisis. A senior Russian lawmaker immediately criticized it as being crafted for the West, and Ukrainian protesters angry over police violence showed no signs of abandoning their sprawling encampment in central Kiev.

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