Ukraine government resigns to diffuse crisis

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Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his entire government resigned on Tuesday, January 29 in a bid to defuse tensions caused by massive protests. Azarov said he made a “personal decision” to resign to preserve the state. But President Viktor Yanukovych remains in power even as the opposition calls for his ouster and early elections. Prior to the mass resignation, parliament overwhelmingly voted to scrap anti-protest laws the sparked the current crisis. The dramatic twists in Ukraine’s two months of turmoil came as Russian President Vladimir Putin met with EU chiefs at a summit in Brussels. Protestors say the resignation is a “small step” and is calling on President Yanukovych to resign.

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