Ukraine prime minister resigns; parliament cancels anti-protest laws

LATimes – Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tended his resignation Tuesday, as the country’s opposition celebrated its first major victory in an ongoing standoff with the government.

Azarov’s resignation comes after two months of mass protests across the country and a week of violent clashes in Kiev in which at least four activists were killed, dozens arrested and hundreds injured on both sides — the worst street violence in the history of post-Soviet Ukraine.

The announcement came after four days of negotiations between opposition leaders and President Victor Yanukovich.

In a statement published on the Cabinet’s official website, Azarov said he resigned to create a possibility for a political compromise.

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  1. Ukraine’s parliament on Wednesday launched a debate on whether to grant amnesty for detained protesters as the country’s first post-independence president warned of civil war. AFP

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