IMPEACHMENT OF UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH

A good overview of the elites of the Ukrainian Uprising

Brussels Diplomatic

Ukraine KIEV, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – Ukraine’s parliament voted Saturday to impeach the president as opposition parties rushed to consolidate their apparently growing hold on authority in the former Soviet nation.

Speaking from a location in his political stronghold in the east of the country, however, Viktor Yanukovych defied attempts to unseat him, describing them as a coup.

In the same session of parliament, deputies voted to hold early presidential elections on May 25.

After overwhelmingly voting to force Yanukovych’s removal as president, deputies in the Verkhovna Rada broke into a rendition of the national anthem.

The impeachment vote marks a dramatic development for a leader’s whose rule had seemed in little doubt in late November, when a wave of protests was ignited by the government surprise decision to back away from closer ties with the EU in favor of greater economic cooperation with Russia.

But Yanukovych insisted in a…

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