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Ukraine PM Mykola Azarov Resigns

January 28, 2014 by Brett Wilkins in Europe, Protests with 15 Comments
(Photo: Russian government)

(Photo: Russian government)

Cyprus Mail

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovich, acting to calm violent street protests, back-tracked and overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago.

The first real concessions by Yanukovich since the crisis erupted two months ago brought cheers from several thousand demonstrators on Kiev’s Independence Square, focal point of the protests. Opposition leaders said they would continue to harness street power to wring more gains.

“We have to change not only the government, but the rules of the game as well,” declared boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko. “We are sure the struggle will continue,” he said.

The 66-year-old Azarov tendered his resignation as parliament met for an emergency session to work out a deal that would satisfy the opposition and end protests in the capital Kiev and in other cities in which six people have been killed.

Yanukovich quickly accepted his resignation and that of his cabinet. First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov will step in as acting prime minister and other ministers will stay on in caretaker roles until a cabinet is formed.

Azarov, a loyal lieutenant of Yanukovich since the president was elected in February 2010, said he was stepping down to help find a political compromise “for the sake of a peaceful settlement of the conflict”.

A Russian-born hardliner who has referred to the protesters as “terrorists”, Azarov was publicly humiliated by Yanukovich’s offer at the weekend to give his job to former economy minister Arseny Yatsenyuk, another opposition leader, in an effort to stem the rising protests against his rule.

The opposition has been calling consistently for the resignation of the Azarov government since the crisis started. But Yatsenyuk and other opposition leaders rejected Yanukovich’s offer of top government posts, seeing it as a trap intended to compromise them in front of their supporters on the streets.

The steward of the heavily-indebted economy through hard times and recession, Azarov backed the November decision to walk away from a free trade pact with the EU – the move which sparked the mass street protests. He took the heat in parliament, defending closer ties with Russia in a stormy debate.

REPEAL OF LAWS

Parliament went into emergency session on Tuesday with ministers loyal to Yanukovich saying they would press for a state of emergency to be declared if the opposition leaders did not rein in protesters and end occupation of municipal and government buildings across the country.

But then Yanukovich loyalists, clearly under pressure from the president and his aides to make a U-turn, voted to repeal anti-protest legislation they had pushed through on January 16.

It was these laws, banning virtually all form of public protest, which led to street violence between radical activists and police in which six people were killed.

Opposition leaders sought to keep up the pressure on Yanukovich, with Yatsenyuk calling on him to swiftly sign the repeal of the laws into force. Klitschko said opposition lawmakers would now press for amnesty for detained activists and a return to a 2004 constitution reducing the president’s powers.

“These decisions which parliament has adopted are good but it’s only a little progress. We won’t leave here until the system and the constitution have been changed,” said Ivan, 45, a protester from the Lviv region, who was at a barricade leading to Independence Square.

The crisis has revealed a sharp divide within Ukraine between those mainly from the Russian-speaking east who favour warmer ties with former Soviet master  Moscow and those in the west who want better relations with the EU.

In turning away from  Europe, Azarov’s government had argued that improving ties with Russia was urgently needed to win a financial bailout. Moscow responded last month with an offer of $15 billion in loans and discounts on gas.

But the chaos could now put that lifeline in jeopardy. Ratings agency Standard & Poors cut Ukraine to CCC+ on Tuesday.

“The downgrade reflects our view that the significant escalation of the political turmoil in Ukraine makes the expected financial support package from Russia less certain should the government of President Yanukovych fall,” it said.

In Brussels, President Vladimir Putin promised Russia would not cut off Ukraine if its government changed.

“Regarding your question whether we will review our agreements on loans and the energy sector if the opposition will take power … No, we will not,” Putin answered a reporter’s question after three hours of talks with EU leaders.

The aid was to “support the people of Ukraine, not the government. It’s the people, the common people that suffer.”

Though the protest movement began because of Yanukovich’s U-turn on policy towards Europe, it has since turned into a mass demonstration, punctuated by clashes with police, against perceived misrule and corruption under Yanukovich’s leadership.

Several hundred people camp round-the-clock on Kiev’s Independence Square and along an adjoining thoroughfare, while more radical protesters confront police lines at Dynamo football stadium some distance away.

A leader of ‘Right Sector’, a radical nationalist group involved in violent clashes with police, said members would stick to a truce which has held for several days as long as authorities adopt a conciliatory approach.

“If they (the authorities) make a move to compromise we will reduce our activities,” Petro Yarush told reporters.

Talk of a state of emergency being declared in the former Soviet republic of 46 million made the European Union’s foreign policy chief, Catherine Ashton, hastily bring forward a visit. She was due to arrive in Kiev on Tuesday night.

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15 Comments

  1. wildMay 8, 2014 at 5:05 pmReply

    Yanukovich replaced Azarov, and the current Ukraine’s unelected prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (the former economic central banker) now shows his leadership true colors to raise the ante upon the people of protest- Ukraine, with the usual answer: 40 dead, 60 more arrested.

    “In response to the violence in Odessa, Ukraine’s unelected prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, has blamed his own security forces for the violence.”~~ http://www.thedailysheeple.com/spinning-the-odessa-massacre_052014

    Spinning the Odessa Massacre

    Tony Cartalucci
    New Eastern Outlook
    May 7th, 2014

    wild;)

  2. wildDecember 3, 2014 at 4:42 amReply

    http://www.neweasterneurope.eu/articles-and-commentary/1410-a-turbulent-coalition

    Arseniy Yatsenyuk is re-elected

    wild;)

  3. wildDecember 11, 2014 at 4:09 amReply

    “In turning away from Europe, Azarov’s government had argued that improving ties with Russia was urgently needed to win a financial bailout. Moscow responded last month with an offer of $15 billion in loans and discounts on gas.

    But the chaos could now put that lifeline in jeopardy. Ratings agency Standard & Poors cut Ukraine to CCC+ on Tuesday.”~~~from the article above.

    These people never quite ‘get it’, you don’t have a mini revolution and then watch your ‘new ex-central banker leader’ ask for your new bailout money…from various ‘sides’, and here is why: https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EZ4ECyzLjrU

    I didn’t like having an ex-central banker (Arsenly Yatsenyuk) as took power as ‘revolutionary leader’, and I expected this type of military/economic escalation, now that he is elected.

    As for President Barack Hussein Obama, The U.S. Congress, and NATO that insist on continued neocon direction, they obviously NEED this. Like a baby needs candy.

    When you say your ‘pledge of allegiance’, think about what pledge of allegiance these neocon leaders have developed for themselves.

    wild;)

  4. wildMarch 25, 2015 at 4:12 amReply

    And there you have it folks all wrapped up in a nice little package. The US Congress makes it clear which directio

    n, and who is running this latest fiasco. http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-03-24/us-house-votes-348-48-arm-ukraine-russia-warns-lethal-aid-will-explode-whole-situati?page=5

    wild:)

  5. wildMarch 25, 2015 at 5:13 amReply

    I think it is important to understand that within two weeks from the formalized IMF loan to the Ukraine of March, 11 2015 the US Congress is officially (by creating a new law) militarizing itself (& NATO) to occupy or otherwise have a military presence in the Ukraine, with the full support of the puppet/coop leadership that was installed by the USA/IMF/State Dept. operations just last year. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-11/ukraine-wins-imf-approval-for-17-5-billion-to-rescue-economy

    Well you may well ask, how did the USA get such leverage in the first place inorder to create such a coop that installed the puppet Arsenly Yatsenyuk (ex-central banker) as the ‘new leadership’ ? And that would be with the previous loan of $16.4 B loan from November, 2008 :http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2008/pr08271.htm

    So when you find yourself in the near future enjoying WorldWar III, just let it be known it was intentional, it was created by the USA, and it is much more than the money, it is about causing economic death & destruction, as well as intentionally creating havoc to satisfy the thirst for blood.

    wild:)

  6. wildApril 27, 2015 at 4:59 amReply

    This headline rolled thru this morning: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-32478933#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa Of which, becomes quite ridiculous as I read the ‘Reforms’ listed in the lower half of the article. But just to be clear, $16B IMF loan from 2008, and a new IMF loan of $15B 2015, has bought a leadership coop, & subsequent civil war. Obviously $31B of IMF loans within the last 7 years, was not spent in an ‘sustainable’ manner, nor peaceful direction, but it has been spent under the direction of the IMF. The BBC article seems to distract from the exorbitant expense of war, spinning rather ‘Energy’ as the ‘big drain’ target and it too in need of reform.

    Need we be reminded, that the business of world-wide death & destruction, from the US, France, G Britain and other EU states have intentionally caused this direction, calling it economic stimulus. They actually demand of themselves, that war will build them out of their financial woes, and they have no problem spreading their religion of war to bloody new alters.

    wild;)

  7. wildMay 28, 2015 at 12:42 pmReply

    http://michael-hudson.com/2015/05/ukraine-labor-dares-operation-vulture/ this article lays it out fairly plainly.

    A related article, somewhat timely, as Ukraine coop president Poroshenko (at the behest of Prime Minister Arsenly Yatsenyuk & others in team) is now becoming more serious about his mission, to uphold the coop, militarily charge ahead with IMF money and English money funding the way, ‘all in the name of peace’ of course~~~~ http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-05-28/poroshenko-threatens-declare-martial-law-ukraine-within-hours-demonstrate-readiness-

    wild;)

  8. wildSeptember 15, 2015 at 4:41 amReply

    Recent conversation no ‘RT News Crosstalk’, that highlights the Ukrainian’s recent history & some of the latest problems/personalities thereof.

    The latest problem spoken about is the ‘disappearance’ of a few billion’…which is where the economic leverage will economically multiply & financially destroy the Ukraine. By implementing the coup regime, and supporting the new regime with billions in loans, the new regime will carry out the dirty work, to defraud, & consume the IMF loans, & European Union loans, (and other loans, and any Ukrainian Gross Domestic Product generated money) until thrown out, and that is where the Ukrainian public will be saddled with the unrealistic debts, basically created by & consumed by and for the coup government personalities.

    It is fraud, intentionally supported by the IMF & others, that seeks to indenture & continue chaos in the Ukraine and the globally for at least the next 15 years.

    Just remember, you nor I have absolutely nothing whatsoever to support or stop these various IMF directed economic catastrophes, and that is why this type of IMF induced chaos is global, and has a long tragic history.

    wild:)

  9. wildSeptember 15, 2015 at 4:42 amReply

    oops I forgot the hyperlink for the above post …. lol

    http://michael-hudson.com/2015/09/ukraine-falters-as-per-plan/

    wild:)

  10. wild:)February 6, 2016 at 5:36 pmReply

    Some of the latest news, first of all there is an interesting chart: The Ukrainian GDP (gross domestic product) Growth Rate for the last five years. There are others but this one might be accurate: http://www.tradingeconomics.com/ukraine/gdp-growth

    Secondly the Aivaras Abromavicius, ‘Ukraine Economy Minister’, resigned just the other day. He was appointed in December of 2014 by Poroshenko…http://www.euractiv.com/sections/europes-east/resignation-reformist-minister-sheds-light-rampant-ukraine-corruption-321558

    Now if you wade thru all the BS that abounds in the media, I hope you will see that, no matter what Aivaras Abromavicius claims in the way of excuses…his mission has been accomplished, quite well I might add (from the neocon’s viewpoint), the destruction upon the Ukrainian local economy has succeeded quite well as the Poroshenko Bloc has directed, as indicated by the afore mentioned GDP graph.

    Realize the IMF has given loans, which I’ve heard, now exceed $40 B specifically for Ukraine, and they have given unusual orders & even new unprecedented rules just late last year (2015) that does not allow Ukrainian repayment of existing Russian loans. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-ukraine-crisis-imf-idUSKBN0TR28Q20151208 They (IMF) has also administered & overseen such intentional destruction, in the way of providing fast money with plenty of strings attached.

    Now I ask you again fellow bloggers, is this the Red, White, & Blue flag that you uphold, and pay your tribute to, ya even your patriotic support? This Red, White, & Blue I think has proven itself by what it does, dealing death worldwide in many forms, economic war is quite literally very deadly.

    Hail your $60B military annual budgets, bow to it you Pet Owners of the United States, and know they did it under the colors of Red, White, & Blue.

    wild:)

    • Brett WilkinsFebruary 8, 2016 at 4:06 pmReplyAuthor

      Thanks, wild, for your informative updates on the Ukraine situation. I believe you meant $600 billion, not $60 billion!

  11. wild:)February 8, 2016 at 5:01 pmReply

    Yes Brett, your probably closer to reality, than what I mis-stated in previous post. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-the-us-military-spends-its-billions-2015-8

    I don’t know what the present annual military budget actually is, other than ‘beyond astronomical, but in line with prior years beyond astronomical military budgets’, thanks for making it 10X larger so I could actually see my mistake. hahaha

    wild;)

  12. wildApril 10, 2016 at 11:39 amReply

    This just in, which kind of gets us back to the original article above that started when Azarov resigned a few years ago….yanno when the IMF & the US & other economic warriors decided to stir the Ukrainian countryside into another Disaster Capitalism/decimation that literally supports death, mayhem, treason, and of course back biting!.

    “I decided to resign from the post of Ukraine’s prime minister. On Tuesday, April 12, the decision will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada [Ukrainian parliament]”, Yatsenyuk said as quoted by Ukrainian TV channels Sunday..

    And isn’t the timing always important for such things, as the Fed simultaneously calls a emergency meeting & revised the latest GDP estimates for the US.

    wild:)

  13. wildApril 10, 2016 at 9:15 pmReply

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-36010511#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

    Oh it gets worse, quickly….now that unshaven goof would like another attempt to further wreck Ukraine…in the name of revolution. “Announcing his resignation on Twitter, Mr Yatsenyuk called for the formation of a new government immediately to prevent “destabilization of [the] executive branch during a war”. —sound familiar, that is the same guy, even the same twitter text, from when Azarov was on the way out, slightly more than 2 yrs. ago!

    And if that doesn’t grab ya, Joe Biden is quoted in the BBC article also…”US Vice-President Joe Biden, in a call to Mr Yatsenyuk on Sunday, congratulated him on “accomplishments over the past two years”, including economic reforms, but said “these changes must be irreversible”.”

    ….well I guess it really doesn’t get anymore plain than that, just who & what is congratulating who & what, and what for!….hopefully most people realize that the Ukraine has been totally wrecked by the puppet government personnel installed by the US. during those same ‘past two years’. The Milton Friedman style of Disaster Capitalism, practiced daily by the US & others should be shown for what it is, heck you don’t even have to read between the lines, they reveal their vein victories, expecting more.

    Has the United States of Pet Owners not understood the death that has occurred, the starvation, the Ukrainian military weapons bought with IMF loan(s), the fact that the IMF even changed their own rules about such things? What does austerity do to the countryside?…. you Pet Owners may not know, or care to know, because your belly is full today, if your interested, define it for yourselves, but be sure to include Milton Friedman, Greece, Argentina, ya & Ukraine in your google search of Austerity.

    wild:)

  14. wildAugust 18, 2016 at 9:32 amReply

    Well I guess it is time to update the new Prime Minister of Ukraine is Volodymyr Groysman, as of around April 14, 2016. As stated previously, the other guy [Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk] stepped down–‘mission accomplished’–so to speak.

    And what of all those existing IMF loans, why were those loans important in the first place other than the obvious political chicanery by ‘kleptocrats’, fostered by the United States of Pet Owners pretending to cleanup international economic woes?

    I guess if we are going to point at least one finger…it should be at the Pavlo Lazarenko living large on the west coast…since 1999! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/07/business/international/a-ukrainian-kleptocrat-wants-his-money-and-us-asylum.html?_r=0

    But if the history is of no value, then I guess we should stay on point and go with the MSM [mainstreammedia] line, and simply report about the latest military/political game. Which is of course is the present day [august 2016] the skirmish by the Ukrainians and the Russians over Crimea http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-18/following-deadliest-month-year-ukraine-president-warns-full-scale-russian-invasion

    wild:)

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