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Ukraine parliament names acting president, seeks government
Reuters ^ | Feb. 23, 2014 | Natalia Zinets and Alessandra Prentice

Posted on 02/23/2014 5:45:15 AM PST by 1rudeboy

(Reuters) - Ukraine's parliament, exercising power since mass protests put the president to flight, named its new speaker as acting head of state on Sunday to replace Viktor Yanukovich and worked to form a new government.

In a hectic round of voting in the chamber, near where triumphant but wary protesters remain encamped on Kiev's main square, lawmakers stripped the still missing president of his abandoned country home. Its brash opulence, now on display, has fuelled demands that the Russian-backed, elected leader and his allies be held to account for corruption on a grand scale.

The European Union and Russia, vying for influence over the huge former Soviet republic on their borders, considered their next moves. EU officials said they were ready to help Ukraine, while Russia, its strategy of funding Yanukovich in tatters, said it would keep cash on hold until it sees who is in charge.

Parliament-appointed security officials announced legal moves against members of the ousted administration and those responsible for sniper fire and other police attacks on demonstrators in violence that left 82 dead in Kiev last week.

A day after dismissing Yanukovich with the help of votes from his own party, parliament handed his powers temporarily to Oleksander Turchinov, who was elected speaker on Saturday.

An ally of newly freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, Turchinov called for an interim prime minister to be in place by Tuesday to run the country until a presidential election called for May 25. Among contenders may be Tymoshenko, 53, who lost to Yanukovich in 2010 and was then jailed for corruption.

Yanukovich, 63, denounced what he called a "coup d'état" reminiscent of Nazi Germany. He spoke on television on Saturday from what looked like a hotel room in a city close to the Russian border.

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Russia
KEYWORDS: russia; ukraine; viktoryanukovich

1 posted on 02/23/2014 5:45:15 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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2 posted on 02/23/2014 5:59:27 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2

I can see why Yanukovich wanted cheap Russian gas. Imagine how much it costs to heat that thing.


3 posted on 02/23/2014 6:01:26 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

Just get the gas from Pouty-Poot’s Sta$h.


4 posted on 02/23/2014 6:09:51 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: 1rudeboy

The yearly gas bill on that dacha alone could probably fund a smallish Ukrainian city for the same length of time.


5 posted on 02/23/2014 6:10:24 AM PST by AnAmericanAbroad (It's all bread and circuses for the future prey of the Morlocks.)
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To: 1rudeboy
Its brash opulence, now on display, has fuelled demands that the Russian-backed, elected leader and his allies be held to account for corruption on a grand scale.

Despots love the good life, while depriving the people a chance at it. This describes 0bama.

6 posted on 02/23/2014 6:28:11 AM PST by FatherofFive (Islam is evil and must be eradicated)
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To: 1rudeboy
"In a hectic round of voting in the chamber, near where triumphant but wary protesters remain encamped on Kiev's main square, lawmakers stripped the still missing president of his abandoned country home.

How I wish the US Congress would show the same amount of fortitude regarding Obama and his criminal regime.

7 posted on 02/23/2014 6:28:17 AM PST by StormEye
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To: Paladin2

not a fan of the mixed architecture styles


8 posted on 02/23/2014 6:40:27 AM PST by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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To: nuconvert

It’s definitely no Mt. Vernon.


9 posted on 02/23/2014 6:47:25 AM PST by edpc (Wilby 2016)
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To: 1rudeboy
How significant (if at all) are these guys?

10 posted on 02/23/2014 6:48:21 AM PST by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: BenLurkin

They have some seats in Parliament, but I have no idea where to look to find out how many. Everything comes up Wiki, and I don’t trust it.


11 posted on 02/23/2014 6:57:37 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: 1rudeboy

apparently the previous president ran away to the eastern sections because the military close at hand refused to support him.


12 posted on 02/23/2014 7:37:55 AM PST by Nifster
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To: 1rudeboy

It doesn’t matter how many elected seats they have, since they physically took the parliament building over and forced a vote to oust the sitting President.

Why are you still pretending democratic process matters?


13 posted on 02/23/2014 7:55:14 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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14 posted on 02/23/2014 7:55:36 AM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: mac_truck

Just trying to give a little perspective on the concept of minority vs. majority.


15 posted on 02/23/2014 7:57:53 AM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: BenLurkin
Here is the Svaboda party logo before they 'softened' their image...


16 posted on 02/23/2014 8:15:29 AM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: mac_truck
The guy was impeached apparently even by members of his own party.

Folks even in the east don't like him anymore.

Even Putin has pulled money from him.

Yanuk is finished, comrade.

наелся

17 posted on 02/23/2014 8:25:11 AM PST by FreeReign
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To: Paladin2

Swiss chateau meets east-bloc brutalism meets Disneyland.


18 posted on 02/23/2014 8:30:10 AM PST by wolf78 (Inflation is a form of taxation, too. Cranky Libertarian - equal opportunity offender.)
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To: 1rudeboy

REPORTER: “What is your reaction to the uprising in Ukraine, Mr president?”

CYPHER: “ I and my team have been in constant talks with Putin and his council, warning him that he should comply with democratic principles in the Ukraine, unfornately, he didn’t heed my advice”

“Further more, I can’t and won’t comment on the rumor that may appear in the media or elsewhere that I had a hand in the freeing of the Ukrainian people”


19 posted on 02/23/2014 8:40:18 AM PST by RetSignman
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To: FatherofFive

“Despots love the good life, while depriving the people a chance at it. This describes 0bama.”
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Excellent!


20 posted on 02/23/2014 8:42:13 AM PST by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: 1rudeboy

“The royal scale of the residence played, however, a bad joke on the president last winter, when its heating system could not cope with the coldest weather for six years. The president was left freezing in his drawing room, where the temperature refused to rise above 16 degrees Centigrade. “


21 posted on 02/23/2014 9:44:11 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
The president was left freezing in his drawing room, where the temperature refused to rise above 16 degrees Centigrade.

He couldn't handle 61F? What kinda pansy Putin lover was this guy? LOL!

22 posted on 02/23/2014 11:01:45 AM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Science is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: Toddsterpatriot

Unlike my fam, he likely doesn’t pay the gas bill and runs his thermostat above the 62F setting we use here in our compound.


23 posted on 02/23/2014 11:12:03 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: mac_truck

The president was elected by MASSIVE fraud. No one had the courage to do anything about it until things came to a breaking point last fall.


24 posted on 02/23/2014 2:57:32 PM PST by boxlunch (Psalm 2)
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To: boxlunch
The president was elected by MASSIVE fraud.

No, the 2010 election was run according to the Ukrainian constitution and Yanukovich emerged the winner. Lots of people/organizations certified the result. Maybe you're thinking of the 2004 election which the opposition claimed was fraudulent and was subsequently over turned by the so-called Orange Revolution.

My argument about the legitimacy of the interim government will play itself out if eastern Ukraine decides to secede from the west, because it provides them with the casus belli for the break. Then it becomes a question of whether divorce will be amicable or not, and whether the nationalists in the west decide to break away themselves.

25 posted on 02/23/2014 4:59:43 PM PST by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
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To: nuconvert; Paladin2; edpc
not a fan of the mixed architecture styles

I think it would make a good bordello.

26 posted on 02/23/2014 5:09:48 PM PST by Paleo Conservative (Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not really out to get you.)
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To: Paladin2

He had “privatized” the place.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 12:07:22 AM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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To: VerySadAmerican

I did come across the convoluted history of ownership of the p(a)lace.


28 posted on 02/24/2014 5:47:14 AM PST by Paladin2
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