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Ukraine: 'Disappointment' at Yatsenyuk resignation


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Ukraine: 'Disappointment' at Yatsenyuk resignation

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the heart of dialogue with the West during months of turmoil, has announced that he is stepping down.

He says parliament is betraying Ukraine’s army and people by blocking reforms supported by Western backers.

So what will his departure mean? We asked our correspondent in Kyiv, Maria Korenyuk.

Maria Ieshchenko, euronews:
“Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation was a surprise for many people. How have politicians and ordinary Ukrainians been reacting?”

Maria Korenyuk, euronews:
“There have been varied opinions among people we have spoken to. They don’t feel angry. It is more disappointment at the prime minister’s decision to step down in these difficult times for Ukraine. But I should say that he enjoys a lot of popularity in the country. Most people admit that they hope he will be back in the premier’s job at some point.

“As for experts and politicians, they also have mixed views. Some politicians told us his decision to quit can be explained by misunderstandings between Yatsenyuk and President Poroshenko. Others claim that Yatsenyuk is already preparing for the parliamentary elections and that by resigning now he has preserved himself from the extra risks of being associated with unpopular budget decisions, austerity and social reforms. There is also another explanation shared by politicians and experts. Yatsenyuk was under emotional pressure, because the government was not going along with some of his initiatives.”

euronews:
“In these difficult times, Ukraine can’t afford to be without leadership. Is the government still functioning? Is it legitimate when it comes to making decisions?”

Maria Korenyuk, euronews:
“Yes, right now, with the break up of the governing coalition and the resignation of the prime minister, it is crucial for Ukraine to have effective governance. A number of issues remain unresolved, such as funding for the army, reforming tax legislation and Ukraine’s gas transit system. Interim Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman has offered reassurances that the government will continue to work in the same composition as we know it now, for some time, and that there is no reason to panic.”

Ukraine: ‘Disappointment’ at Yatsenyuk resignation

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, at the heart of dialogue with the West during months of turmoil, has announced that he is stepping down.

He says parliament is betraying Ukraine’s army and people by blocking reforms supported by Western backers.

So what will his departure mean? We asked our correspondent in Kyiv, Maria Korenyuk.

Maria Ieshchenko, euronews:
“Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s resignation was a surprise for many people. How have politicians and ordinary Ukrainians been reacting?”

Maria Korenyuk, euronews:
“There have been varied opinions among people we have spoken to. They don’t feel angry – it is more disappointment at the prime minister’s decision to step down in these difficult times for Ukraine. But I should say that he enjoys a lot of popularity in the country. Most people admit that they hope he will be back in the premier’s job at some point.

“As for experts and politicians, they also have mixed views. Some politicians told us his decision to quit can be explained by misunderstandings between Yatsenyuk and President Poroshenko. Others claim that Yatsenyuk is already preparing for the parliamentary elections and that by resigning now he has preserved himself from the extra risks of being associated with unpopular budget decisions, austerity and social reforms. There is also another explanation shared by politicians and experts. Yatsenyuk was under emotional pressure, because the government was not going along with some of his initiatives.”

euronews:
“In these difficult times, Ukraine can’t afford to be without leadership. Is the government still functioning? Is it legitimate when it comes to making decisions?”

Maria Korenyuk, euronews:
“Yes, right now, with the break up of the governing coalition and the resignation of the prime minister, it is crucial for Ukraine to have effective governance. A number of issues remain unresolved such as funding for the army, reforming tax legislation and Ukraine’s gas transit system. Interim Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman has offered reassurances that the government will continue to work in the same composition as we know it now, for some time,and that there is no reason to panic.”

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