Ukraine upheaval: What the president, the opposition leader, and U.S. and Russia said

February 22
President Viktor Yanukovych

Parliament voted Saturday to remove him from office. His exact whereabouts are unknown, but he appeared on television Saturday in a recorded interview. “I am not planning to leave the country,” he said. “I am the legitimate president, and I am not going to resign.”

Yulia Tymoshenko, opposition leader

The former prime minister was released from prison Saturday after serving 30 months of a seven-year term for abuse of office. “You changed everything,” she told tens of thousands of supporters at Independence Square in Kiev.

Russia

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Ukraine’s opposition was “pushing new demands, submitting itself to armed extremists and looters whose actions pose a direct threat to the sovereignty and constitutional order of Ukraine,” according to the Interfax news agency.

United States

The White House issued a statement that praised the “constructive work” done by the Ukrainian parliament and urged “the prompt formation of a broad, technocratic government of national unity.”

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