Ukrainian Government Changing as Opposition Gains Power

By Sophie Peters ’16

Deadly clashes in Kiev's Independence Square last Wednesday (source: Sergey Dolzhenko/European Pressphoto Angency)

Deadly clashes in Kiev’s Independence Square last Wednesday (source: Sergey Dolzhenko/European Pressphoto Angency)

Last Friday, Ukraine’s parliament voted to impeach the current president, Viktor Yanukovych. Soon after, the former Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, was released from prison.

Lawmakers have continued to eliminate the rest of Yanukovych’s government, including the foreign minister. Elections have been set for May 25. And parliament speaker, Oleksandr V. Turchynov, is currently in control of Ukraine as an interim leader.

Tymoshenko has encouraged anti-government protesters to continue their efforts in Kiev. While Yanukovych has fled Kiev and his current location is unknown. He was last seen attempting to fly out of the country, but was not allowed entrance to the airport.

More than 70 people died in Kiev last week and the current Parliament’s interior minister has told reporters that 30 or more officials are under investigation for the violence.