Ukrainian prime minister resigns over months of unrest
KIEV (AFP) - Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday in a bid to defuse Ukraine's deadly crisis and preserve its unity, finally giving into months of pressure from street protesters.
Mr Azarov said he had taken a "personal decision" to resign to preserve Ukraine's unity as parliament opened a session to vote on reforms and concessions backed by President Viktor Yanukovych.
The European Union and United States cranked up pressure on Mr Yanukovych to impose serious reforms to end a standoff that turned parts of Kiev into a war zone patrolled by masked protesters and left three activists dead.
After a four-hour meeting with opposition leaders, the presidency said that controversial anti-protest laws passed on Jan 16 would be cancelled and amnesty granted for jailed protesters on conditions public buildings and streets were freed up.