Thursday, 30 January 2014

Ukraine: People in the Street make progress

SIGNS of weakening by the regime in the Ukraine seem evident with President Viktor Yanukovych going on 'sick leave' and the opposition rejecting an amnesty bill to free activists and ease the crisis.

The President has made several concessions to the people in the street, including accepting the resignation of the Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, but none of this satisfies the protesters. The demonstrators are calling for the President Yanukovych himself to stand down.

Meanwhile, Moscow has put on hold its release of a £15 billion bailout package for the Ukraine until the next government is formed. Analysts think Russia will pull out of the deal if it doesn't get what it wants, and if there ends up being a pro-European government in Kiev.

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