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Ukrainian prime minister submits resignation

Ukraine Protests

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) - The prime minister of crisis-torn Ukraine has submitted his resignation.

In a statement Tuesday on the government website, Mykola Azarov offered his resignation in order to encourage what he called "social-political compromise."

The pro-Western protests in Kiev began Nov. 21 after President Viktor Yanukovych shelved a long-planned political and economic treaty with the European Union, then accepted a huge bailout package from Russian President Vladimir Putin instead. The crisis was aggravated in recent days after protesters and police clashed violently.

Azarov's statement was released as the parliament opened a special session that is expected to repeal harsh anti-protest laws that were imposed this month. Those laws set off the police-protester clashes in which at least three protesters died.

Azarov's resignation must be accepted by the president, but that appears to be only a formality. Yanukovych last week offered the premiership to Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the opposition's top figures. Yatsenyuk turned down the offer on Monday.

The prime minister's resignation would remove one of the figures most despised by the opposition and repeal of the anti-protest laws would remove a severe aggravating factor in the crisis. But they stop well short of opposition demands, which include Yanukovych's resignation.

In addition, Yanukovych says an amnesty for dozens of protesters arrested in the demonstrations would be implemented only if protesters leave the streets and vacate buildings that they have occupied. Ending the protests without having other demands met appears unlikely.

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napachiefs January 28 2014 at 6:15 AM

Its high time for a "Real" new world order:

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Saverio35 January 28 2014 at 9:33 AM

They must restore order in this country for the people.

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olan5tops Saverio35 January 28 2014 at 11:14 AM

Peace and FREEDOM!! :0)

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jdwnvoh60 January 28 2014 at 9:57 AM

Wonder how Putin is liking this?

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jrc22552 January 28 2014 at 10:29 AM

One has to wonder if Putin will send in the troops to protect his investment. There are precedents: Hungary in 1955; Czechoslavakia in 1968.

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David January 28 2014 at 8:45 PM

We need to be doing the same thing here in the US. Trouble is, the sheep can't seem to understand who the real enemy is. They think corporations are their friend. Yeah right!

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MyThoughts David January 29 2014 at 4:28 PM

Go find a job David

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normasrst January 28 2014 at 10:48 AM

Having lived in Ukraine and got to know the wonderful people and their beautiful country, this has broken my heart. They were moving so well toward a democratic country. Pray for them.

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soopershrink normasrst January 28 2014 at 12:01 PM

That's where my late father came from, I'll accept that on his behalf, thank you ( :

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blazinglight normasrst January 28 2014 at 5:48 PM

This rebellion is something which should have been done centuries ago . . but it's never too late. This time, I don't think Ukrainians will give up easily. . . even if many are killed in the process. More than pray for them... send funds to Ukrainian diaspora organizations who will channel it to the protesters ...

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bwillig60 January 28 2014 at 11:33 AM

It is time to get Russia out of Ukraine and then out of Belarus. Then, it is time for Russia to get a pro-democratic leader to replace Putin. In regards to Belarus, Lukashenko is an unreconstructed Stalinist and really has to go.

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YourFtr January 28 2014 at 12:25 PM

Time for the pro-Soviet Union President Viktor Yanukovych
to go ; too !!!
The Ukrainian people don't want anything to do with the new Soviet Union under Putin.

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Rap Scallion YourFtr January 28 2014 at 2:30 PM

I hear Russian tanks rumbling south, just like they did in Hungary and Chekoslavakia, Afghanistan......

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YourFtr January 28 2014 at 12:28 PM

Putin might drop the 'Benevolent Good Guy of the world' image and finally send in the Tanks to insure the re-establishment of the Sovietski Unionski.

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Ava January 28 2014 at 12:52 PM

In a country filled with so many people wanting freedom and democracy, how did Yanukovych get elected in the first place? Makes you wonder.

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