Maidan sympathizer Arseniy Yatsenyuk may become Ukraine’s new PM
Former Ukrainian economy and foreign minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was nominated for the post of prime minister in the new government, which will be formed after more than three months of protests finally led to the abolition of the current Ukrainian government.
“Arseniy Yatsenyuk, one of the Ukraine’s opposition leaders […] has been nominated for the post of prime minister,” Polish news broadcaster TVN24 reported.
What started out as relatively peaceful anti-government demonstrations centered around Maidan Square in Kiev, late November 2013, turned to full scale violence at the start of this month as the authorities tried to clear out the protestors using force, only to be met with make-shift battlements and weapons.
Ukraine has been plagued by anti-government protests since its now former-president Viktor Yanukovych, known to be pro-Kremlin, backed out of trade talks with the EU only to enter fresh ones with Russia.
A peace deal brokered between the oppositionists and the government saw a return to the 2004 Constitution, a cut in powers awarded to the president and the stepping down of the whole cabinet.
Yanukovych fled the capital and the authorities sent out a search warrant for the former-president who is now regarded as a fugitive. If caught he may stand trial for human rights violations and the deaths of an estimated 100 people, according to media reports.
According to unofficial Russian media reports, Yanukovych is currently in Moscow.