27 February, 16:59

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada confirms Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada confirms Yatsenyuk as Prime Minister

The Ukrainian parliament has elected former opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk as the country's prime minister. Yatsenyuk, a close ally of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was backed by 371 of 417 participating MPs.

Before his election, Yatsenyuk vowed to sign an association agreement with the European Union and promised to keep Crimea inside Ukraine.

Ukraine, Russia should build new relationship, agreement with EU - Yatsenyuk

Ukrainian prime ministerial candidate Arseny Yatsenyuk says that Ukraine and Russia sould build new relationship. "Russians, we are with you - we are friends, partners. We must go together," he said, speaking in parliament.

Talks with EU, IMF are new Ukrainian government's top priority - Yatsenyuk

Resumed talks with EU and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on financial aid will be one of the key and top priority tasks of the new government, Ukrainian politician and candidate for premiership Arseniy Yatsenyuk told journalists on Thursday.

Negotiations about a set of measures for economic stabilization were expected in the near term, he said without disclosing any dates.

Asked whether talks with Russia about further tranches of the $15 billion bailout would go on, Yatsenyuk said negotiations would continue describing Russia as "a partner," and not just a neighbor.

The politician also warned that the new government’s measures would be unpopular, while he would possibly be the most unpopular prime minister in Ukraine's entire history. However, he added, those measures were indispensable as the country was in ruins and the treasury empty. He promised that the government would do its best to prevent a default.

The hryvnia hit a record low earlier on Thursday because of concerns that the central bank is stymied by dwindling foreign currency reserves.

"We need immediately to sign an agreement with the IMF," Yatseniuk told parliament after his nomination.

"As soon as a deal on an IMF programme has been signed, money will come for our reserves and we will be able to stabilise the exchange rate."

Ukraine: Yatsenyuk cedes parliamentary mandate, will not run for president

Ukrainian prime ministerial candidate Arseny Yatsenyuk says he will not run for president of Ukraine.

"I am officially declaring that I am not going to run for president of Ukraine. And I am ceding the mandate of a people's deputy," Yatsenyuk said at a plenary session on Thursday.

Ukraine on verge of political, economic collapse — Yatsenyuk

Ukraine is on the verge of political and economic collapse, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the leader of the parliamentary faction of the Batkivshchina party, said Thursday.

Ukraine has seen its president, Viktor Yanukovych, ousted in the latest wave of mass anti-government protests, which were underway in Ukraine since November 2013, when Ukraine's authorities refused to sign an association agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.

Yatsenyuk, who is a candidate for the post of Ukraine’s prime minister, said the economic situation in the country would not improve fast.

"The Ukrainian coffers have been embezzled and are empty. I don't promise improvement today or tomorrow. The task of the government is to stabilize the situation," he said.

Ukraine urges Budapest Memorandum signatories to guarantee its integrity - prime ministerial candidate Yatsenyuk

Ukrainian prime ministerial candidate Arseny Yatsenyuk is calling on the signatories to the Budapest Memorandum to guarantee Ukraine's territorial integrity.

"Ukraine is calling on all signatories of the Budapest Memorandum to guarantee Ukraine's security and territorial integrity," Yatsenyuk said at the parliamentary plenary session on Thursday.

The Memorandum on Security Assurances in Connection with Ukraine's Accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, also known as the Budapest Memorandum, is an international treaty on Ukraine's nuclear-free status concluded between Ukraine, the United States, Russia and the United Kingdom on December 5, 1994.

The agreement contains provisions guaranteeing Ukraine's sovereignty and security.

Coalition deal signed in Ukraine parliament - PM-designee Yatsenyuk

Ukraine's PM-designee Arseniy Yatsenyuk has announced that a coalition agreement has been signed in the parliament.

Batkivshchyna’s leader confirmed at a press meeting on Thursday that the faction had prepared all necessary documents for the coalition to be formed.

Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada to form new government, while violence continues

Arseniy Yatsenyuk, the leader of the Batkivshchyna faction, expressed confidence that the voting on the new government would take place on Thursday morning. Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada on Thursday plans to form a parliamentary coalition that will appoint the country’s new government.

The coalition will be formed from the Batkivshchyna, Svoboda and UDAR factions. It will also incorporate lawmakers nonaffiliated with any faction, who will form their lawmaker groups enjoying the rights of factions or will join any of the existing factions. The Party of Regions has already declared it would go into opposition.

On February 21, the Verkhovna Rada passed a law on returning to the 2004 constitution, which fixed the parliamentary-presidential form of government in Ukraine, where president’s competences were considerably reduced. The parliamentary coalition thus obtained the right to form the government.

The Verkhovna Rada’s term has been extended from four to five years. Under the 2004 constitution, prime minister is elected by the parliament from among candidates nominated by the president. The parliament also appoints ministers of defence and of foreign affairs and head of the Security Service upon the recommendation of the president. Candidatures of other government members are nominated by the prime minister.

Meanwhile the overall number of people injured as a result of riots in Ukraine's capital, Kiev, has reached 810, the Health Ministry press service reported at 6:00 pm (8:00 pm Moscow time) on Wednesday. A total of 810 people have sought medical care because of the clashes since February 18. Of them, 540 were admitted to hospitals. Thirty people requested medical aid between 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Wednesday. Of them, 20 were hospitalized. The death toll from the Kiev unrest remains at 82.

Ukraine protest leaders announce Yatsenyuk as PM, nominate key ministers

Ukraine's pro-EU protest leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk was on Wednesday picked to head the government of the crisis-hit country until presidential elections are held in May. The 'Euromaidan' council made its announcement of Yatseniuk, plus candidates for several other key ministers, after its members addressed crowds on Kiev's Independence Square.

Oleksander Turchinov, acting president since Yanukovich was toppled on Saturday by parliament, said the new government would have to take unpopular decisions to head off default and guarantee a normal life for Ukraine's people.

The Euromaidan's proposals have to be approved by parliament.

The council, made up of popular figures from the uprising which brought Yanukovich down, named career diplomat Andriy Deshchytsya, a former ambassador in Finland and in Iceland, as foreign minister.

Oleksander Shlapak, a former economy minister and former deputy head of the central bank, was named as finance minister.

Andriy Paruby, head of the "self-defence" force protecting the Kiev protest zone from police action during the three months of conflict, was named secretary of the powerful National Security and Defence Council.

"This is a government which is doomed to be able to work only for 3-4 months ... because they will have to take unpopular decisions", Turchinov said.

This would involve heading off default, establishing the trust of creditors and investors and guaranteeing a normal life for Ukraine's people.

"They will be criticised. They'll have mud smeared on them. But they'll have to fulfil their duty and be burned for the sake of Ukraine," he said.

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Voice of Russia, AFP, Reuters, TASS

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