Ukraine crisis: New government revealed at Kiev’s protest camp

Arseniy Yatsenyuk has been nominated to become prime minister. The cabinet – due to be voted by MPs on Thursday – includes a number of Maidan activists.

It is facing daunting challenges, including fixing Ukraine’s struggling economy which faces default.

Meanwhile, Mr Yanukovych has been put on the international wanted list.

The fugitive president – whose whereabouts are unclear – is accused of being behind last week’s deaths of more than 100 protesters at the hands of riot police at and around the Maidan.

In a separate development, pro-Kiev and pro-Moscow protesters scuffled in the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region, Simferopol, amid rising tensions there.

Only a police cordon separated the rallies – one pro-Russian, the other involving Crimean Tatars and people backing Ukraine’s change of government.

One elderly man died, probably from a heart attack, during the confrontation outside parliament.

Crimea – where ethnic Russians are in a majority – was transferred from Russia to Ukraine in 1954.

Also on Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow to respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity.

His comments came after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a snap drill to test the combat readiness of troops in central and western Russia, near the border with Ukraine.

Such checks are not uncommon although the timing is seen as significant, correspondents say.

Russia, along with the US, UK and France, pledged to uphold the territorial integrity of Ukraine in a memorandum signed in 1994.

Unrest in Ukraine first erupted in November, following Mr Yanukovych’s last-minute decision to reject a landmark association and trade deal with the European Union in favour of Russia’s bailout offer.

 

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