Escalation / Destabilization Conflict

Eastern, Southern Ukraine don’t recognize Kiev’s self installed rulers


Monday, 24 February 2014

Political instability settled over Ukraine as the opposition-controlled parliament voted to appoint its newly-elected speaker as acting president, with eastern and southern Ukraine saying they no longer see parliament as legitimate.

An arrest warrant for Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovich has been issued, said the country’s acting Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.

“We have initiated criminal proceedings concerning the massacre of peaceful civilians. Yanukovich along with other officials has been put on the wanted list,” added Avakov, no word whether anyone on the opposition will be held accountable for shooting 130 policemen and killing 13.

All in all, the governors of nine Ukrainian regions have resigned, according to regional state administration websites.

Among them are the governors form western Ukrainian regions of Lvov, Volyn, Ivano-Frankovsk and Zhitomir. Also the governments resigned in the southern region of Nikolaev, and central regions of Kirovograd, Poltava, Ternopol and Vinnitsa.

“Complex political situation in the country” was named as the motive of resignation in almost all the cases.

The UK is ready to provide support to Ukraine through schemes set up by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and EU, UK Finance Minister George Osborne said.


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