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Ukraine to unveil new premier, government

Published on Feb 25, 2014 4:20 PM
European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton (right) with Ukraine's interim President Oleksander Turchynov during their meeting in Kiev, Feb 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine was set to unveil a new prime minister and cabinet on Tuesday as top Western envoys rushed to Kiev to try to find a lasting solution to the crisis rocking the economically-teetering country.

Ukraine has appealed to the West for US$35 billion (S$44 billion) in aid to avoid default as the nation tilts away from Russia, following the weekend ousting of pro-Moscow president Viktor Yanukovych after days of carnage in Kiev left almost 100 dead.

Mr Yanukovych has since been slapped with an arrest warrant for "mass murder", capping more than three months of relentless protests against his rule sparked by his November decision to spurn an historic pact with the European Union in favour of closer ties with Russia.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Kiev on Monday as the Ukrainian capital slowly returned to normal, with shops and restaurants in the centre re-opening, and she was due to brief the press at 0930 GMT Tuesday.

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