The first step in resolving the much-publicized events in Ukraine has been taken. On Saturday, 22 February 2014, 328 Ukrainian parliamentarians voted on removing Viktor Yanukovych from the post of President of Ukraine.
Early presidential elections have been scheduled for May 25, 2014.
The resolution states that Viktor Yanukovych handled his powers in an unconstitutional manner, thereby renouncing his position as President.
Presidential duties will be temporarily fulfilled by the acting Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine) Oleksandr Turchynov.
The Parliament of Ukraine has voted to dismiss a string of heads of Ministries and various government bodies, including the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine continues to fulfill its duties of implementing national foreign policy, in particular by ensuring diplomatic relations with other countries and representing Ukraine in international organizations.
With the aim of speeding up transitional processes and stabilizing the political and economic situation in Ukraine, the Parliament of Ukraine has appointed temporary heads to key government bodies, including Ministry for Internal Affairs, the Security Service of Ukraine, and General Prosecutor’s Office.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine stipulates that any speculation questioning the unity, sovereignty, and territorial integrity of Ukraine is entirely groundless.