Ukrainian Protesters Make Progess: One Prime Minister Down, One President to Go

Ukraine President Yet to Resign

Perhaps Pope Francis’ doves of peace did help the situation in Ukraine?  Two new developments in Ukraine: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has offered to resign in an effort to appease the protesters and President Viktor Yanukovich has agreed to repeal some of the anti-protest laws that have fueled the latest round of unrest.

The back-to-back moves were aimed at defusing Ukraine’s political crisis, but will the concessions be enough to quell the protesters who have been fighting non-stop with the police for the last 10 days? Meh. The protesters want more.

While the departure of the unpopular Mykola Azarov (who can’t even speak Ukranian) is welcomed, the opposition is holding off on naming his replacement, hoping for further concessions. Demonstrators are calling for amnesty for detained protestors, President Yanukovich’s resignation, and new elections (not corrupt ones…) In fact, the latest government concessions may only be encouraging the protesters.

“The authorities are afraid and making concessions. We should use this moment and continue our fight to achieve a change of power in Ukraine,” said 23-year-old demonstrator Oleg Rudakov.

Yeah, I’m pretty sure they won’t be satisfied until President Yanukovich is dead or out of power. Whichever one comes first.

Via: CBC News

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