#AceNewsServices says with the `Ukraine still in Political Turmoil and the President in hiding somewhere in the Crimea- Reports. What Now!
Published time: February 24 2014
A general view taken on February 23, 2014 shows Kiev’s Independence Square. (AFP Photo / DAaniel Slim)
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.
Monday, February 24 and the latest:
The Ukrainian state treasury is empty and the country is nearly bankrupt, said Arseny Yatsenyuk, leader of the Batkivshchina (Fatherland) Party during the parliamentary session.
‘We have to ask financial help from the International Monetary Fund,” added Yatsenyuk, commenting that Ukraine has never seen a financial catastrophe on this scale in its history.
The Party of Regions’ faction in the parliament is now in opposition to the current authorities of Ukraine, the party’s leader in the Rada, Aleksandr Yefremov, announced.
“Considering the fact that you took over the party and, as we see, you have the capabilities to form a government and rebuild governance, we decided to be in the opposition,” he told heads of other parties and committees.
Viktor Yanukovich‘s once-majority Party of Regions has suffered a mass exodus of MPs in the past few days. At least 77 parliamentarians have announced their resignation from the party ranks, thinning them down to some 130 MPs.
Earlier, the Ukrainian Communist Party, an ally of the Party of the Regions in the Rada, announced it is now part of the opposition.
The number of injured in Kiev clashes has risen to 675, of whom 447 people have been taken to hospitals, reports Ukraine’s Ministry of Health.
Thirty-one people sought medical help in the past 24 hours, and 24 of them were taken to hospitals, adds the ministry.
The number of dead – 82 people – remained unchanged.
Ukraine estimates that it needs $35 billion in aid to stabilize its economy, acting Finance Minister Yury Kolobkov said.
The immense figure is exactly the sum of the $15 billion, which Russia pledged to lend in November, when the political crisis was it its first weeks, and the $20 billion, which the EU may lend to a new Ukrainian government, according to Elmar Brok, Chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Both Russia and the EU say they want to see a stable government in Ukraine, before any money will actually be transferred. The EU also demands financial reforms in Ukraine as a condition for aid.
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.
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.
“A lot of this [support] will take the form of loans and the like, but there will be good investments in the economy of Ukraine,” said Osborne.
Ukraine’s interim leadership in the face of the acting President and acting President Aleksandr Turchinov pledged on Sunday to put the conflict-torn country back on course for European integration.
Newly-elected speaker of parliament Aleksandr Turchinov (Reuters)
Ukrainian governors of the Lvov and Poltava regions, Oleg Salo and Aleksander Udovichenko, resigned, according to the Lvov and Poltava Regional State Administration websites. Earlier, there were reports of resignations of governors in the Vinnitsa and Ternopol regions.
People hold up signs during a protest across the street from the Ukraine Consulate in the Manhattan borough of New York February 23, 2014 (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)
Acting Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov denied reports that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was arrested in Crimea, according to UNN news agency. Earlier, Ukrainian media reported that Yanukovich was arrested in the southern peninsula of Crimea. “I do not know what it is about. I do not possess such information,” Avakov said.
In the midst of Ukraine’s political turmoil and following the opposition’s power takeover in Kiev and western regions, about 1,000 demonstrators rallied against EU integration in the city of Kerch in the southeastern Autonomous Republic of Crimea on Sunday. The protesters called for cessation from Ukraine and raised the Russian flag over city hall. Authorities later replaced it with the Ukrainian flag. The region is mostly Russian-speaking and has historically had close ties with Russia.
Following the formation of the new government in Ukraine, the EU will most like be ready to give 20 billion euros for carrying out reforms in the country, the chairman of the European Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Elmar Brok, said, as cited by Interfax.
Moscow recalled Russian ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov for consultations. “Due to the deteriorating situation in Ukraine and the need for a comprehensive analysis of the situation, the decision was made to recall the Russian ambassador to Ukraine for consultations in Moscow,” the ministry said in a statement on its website.
Mikhail Zurabov (RIA Novosti / Kirill Kallinikov)
Acting President Oleksander Turchinov stated that Ukraine was prepared to speak with Russia. Turchinov said that the aim would be to create relations on “new, equal and good-neighborly footing, that recognizes and takes into account Ukraine’s European choice.” He added that another priority would be to “return to the path of European integration”, while reminding the nation that the economy – which remains at risk of default – still had to be stabilized.
The Ukrainian port city of Sevastopol has voted to stop paying taxes to Kiev, as it is seeking independence.
EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton is going to Kiev on Monday to discuss measures to shore up the ailing economy.
“In Kiev she is expected to meet key stakeholders and discuss the support of the European Union for a lasting solution to the political crisis and measures to stabilise the economic situation,” the EU said in a statement.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has again spoken with US Secretary of State John Kerry. In their second telephone conversation in two days, Lavrov told Kerry “the most important thing now is to provide for the complete fulfillment” of the EU-brokered agreement.
“The Ukrainian opposition is deviating from the agreement, having in effect seized power in Kiev, refused to disarm and continued to place its bets on violence,” Lavrov told Kerry, according to a ministry statement.
US National Security Adviser Susan Rice has stated that it would be a ‘grave mistake‘ for Russia to send any military forces into Ukraine, according to Reuters.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke by telephone to discuss the situation in Ukraine, the Kremlin’s press service said on Sunday without disclosing further details.
A statement from Merkel’s office said both leaders agreed they had a joint interest in seeing a stable Ukraine, “both in economic and political terms” and would stay in close contact as the situation continues to develop.
Recently freed Yulia Tymoshenko has no plans to become the interim prime minister, according to several deputies in her Fatherland party.
“I have unofficial information that she doesn’t have her sights set on the post,”said party member Nikolay Tomenko. Another deputy Sergey Sobolev later confirmed it, saying that negotiations about the identity of the new head of government are still ongoing.
The former prime minister has already declared that she will run for president in May.
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— Maria Finoshina (@MFinoshina_RT) February 23, 2014
More soon …………………………………………..now its money that is needed and everyone wants to help – themselves !