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

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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’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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