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Viktor Yanukovych returns in Ukraine as protesters demand his resignation

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2389

Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych.

Ukraine president Viktor Yanukovych. (Pic: Thierry Ehrmann on Flickr)


Protesters filled the streets of Ukraine’s capital Kiev on Monday of this week demanding the resignation of president Viktor Yanukovych.

He is expected to name a new prime minister, after Mykola Azarov resigned last month and opposition leaders turned down an offer to take his place.

A constitutional vote was set to take place on Tuesday of this week. It follows Yanukovych’s return to work, having taken four days sick leave last week.

Ukraine has been rocked by two months of protest since he spurned a trade pact with the European Union (EU).

Opposition leaders held meetings with EU and other Western officials in Munich last week. 

“We have a common understanding with our Western partners about what should be done in Ukraine and how much money it requires,” said Arseniy Yatsenyuk, leader of the opposition Fatherland Party.

The opposition supports closer ties with the EU while the ruling Party of the Regions prefers closer ties to Russia. But both sides are wedded to neoliberalism and neither has the interests of Ukraine’s people in mind.

 


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