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Ukrainian prime minister resigns over months of unrest

Published on Jan 28, 2014 4:59 PM
 
Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov adjusts his glasses during an interview with Reuters at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, on Jan 23, 2014. Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014, in a bid to defuse Ukraine's deadly crisis and preserve its unity, finally giving into months of pressure from street protesters. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

 
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