Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized those elections. Heavyweight boxing champ Klitschko will run for Ukraine presidency.
Acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchinov on Tuesday delayed the appointment of an interim unity government until Thursday, prolonging the country’s instability after the President was ousted, CNN informs.
A dramatic sequence of political upheaval has unfolded in Ukraine in recent days after months of anti-government protests.
Last week, bloody street clashes between demonstrators and security forces left more than 80 dead, the deadliest violence in the country since its independence 22 years ago.
Parliament has ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, the focus of protesters’ anger, and authorities have issued a warrant for his arrest over civilian deaths. But his whereabouts are unknown.
Lawmakers in Kiev are hurriedly trying to form a temporary administration that can steer Ukraine through the uncertainty before presidential elections, which are scheduled for late May.
Turchinov announced the holdup in doing so in a parliament session Tuesday morning.
At the same session, parliament voted to ask the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to investigate the “illegal actions of the main members of the government” from November 13 until now.
Lawmakers have appointed Turchinov, the parliament speaker, to serve as acting President and fired several of Yanukovych’s ministers.
On Monday, parliament continued its overhaul of top posts, naming a new chief prosecutor, security service chief and central bank head.
Those now in power in the capital face a raft of challenges: the division between the east and west of the country, protesters eager for bigger changes in government, a floundering economy riddled with corruption and the intentions of Russia, a vital supplier of natural gas and a key backer of Yanukovych.
The head of Ukraine’s electoral commission, Konstantin Khivrenko, said the campaign to elect a new president will begin Tuesday, three months before the May 25 election date set by authorities.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry criticized those elections Monday, saying Ukraine’s parliament was acting rashly, and accused lawmakers of discriminating against ethnic Russians, most of whom live in the east of the country, by excluding them from the reform process.
“A course has been set for suppressing those who disagree in different regions of Ukraine with methods of dictatorship and terror,” the Foreign Ministry said.
U.S. officials have expressed support for the parliament’s actions, saying they want the country to remain unified.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday warned the United States and European Union against turning Ukraine against its neighbor.
“The relationship is not always developing in constructive ways. We have confirmed our position of not intervening in Ukraine politics,” he said. “We hope all channels will be used to calm the situation in Ukraine.” Lavrov said Russia was working with EU officials in Brussels, Belgium.
Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.N. Yuriy Sergeyev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday that Yanukovych and his government had “betrayed” the Ukrainian people. But Sergeyev said the country is not as divided as some observers suggest.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with her Tuesday in Kiev, before meeting civil society leaders.
On Monday, Ashton spoke with Ukraine’s three main opposition party leaders: Vitali Klitschko of the UDAR party; Arseniy Yatsenyuk of Tymoshenko’s Batkivschina, or Fatherland, party; and OlegTyahnybok, of the nationalist right-wing party Svoboda, or Freedom.
Tymoshenko, a longtime opposition leader and ally of Turchinov, has hinted she may be interested in running for the presidency.
On the other hand, heavyweight boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko on Tuesday announced that he will run for Ukraine’s presidency in elections scheduled for May 25. “I will be on the ballot for the post of president of Ukraine,” the protest leader told journalists in parliament, according to straitstimes.com.
President Basescu concerned about situation in Ukraine
Romania is concerned about the situation in Ukraine; therefore, more working meetings will be convened at the Cotroceni Palace on this matter, President Traian Basescu said on Tuesday, upon leaving the Ukrainian Embassy in Bucharest after signing the condolence book opened in memory of the victims of the events in Romania’s neighbouring country, Agerpres informs.
‘Ukraine’s problem is a matter of concern for us, since we have a 640-kilometre border with Ukraine,’ Basescu said upon leaving the Embassy, answering a question on the major threats for Romania, within the context of two working meetings on the situation in Ukraine held at the Cotroceni Palace during the weekend.
As regards the situation of the Romanians in Ukraine, the President said that the important issue was to restore their right to use the Romanian language.
On the other hand, the Romanian Foreign Affairs Minister Titus Corlatean on Tuesday signed the condolence book opened at Ukraine’s Embassy, voicing, on behalf of Romania’s Government, deep compassion for the victims of the tragic events having marked this country.