Ukraine has a new government – one of the key conditions for re-establishing some kind of political stability, renewing international relations, and negotiating loans.
Parliament approved the new government ministers, although members of the former ruling Party of the Regions abstained.
Then, the new Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk addressed the two big issues of the day:
“The key task for the Ukrainian government is European integration. The future of Ukraine is in Europe and Ukraine will become a member of the European Union. Ukraine will use all legal constitutional methods to preserve the territorial integrity of the state. Crimea was, is and will be a part of Ukraine!” Yatsenyuk declared.
The main task of this parliament and technocrat government will be to set the scene for the May elections.
One Party of Regions MP said despite his abstention, he liked the look of the team.
“I can confirm that I have worked together with a number of newly- elected ministers some time ago, and I can state that I highly appreciate their professional skills,” said Serhiy Tihpko.
There was an accusation, however, from Russia that this was a government of “winners”, “unrepresentative of the country”.
Euronews correspondent Maria Korenyuk reported from Kyiv: “The first task to be solved is to stabilise the situation on the Crimean peninsula. That’s why immediately after the parliamentary vote, the ministers left in order to hold on an emergency meeting.”