The Ukrainian parliament is set to vote at the latest next month to either approve or reject the resignation of Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk.
Yatsenyuk said he decided to quit because parliament was betraying Ukraine’s people by blocking necessary reforms.
Meanwhile, a new interim-prime minister has been appointed despite technically not being permitted under Ukrainian law.
Yatsenyuk’s move came after two parties quit the government coalition.
The leader of one of the two said it “won’t support his resignation.” He added that he hoped “that Arseniy Yatsenyuk will recognise that was an emotional and premature move and that he’ll continue to serve as a prime-minister”.
Opposition MP Hanna Herman said she had “analysed Yatsenyuk’s speech in the Parliament and believes it’s clear that he’s thinking about an election.”
If a new coalition is not formed in 30 days fresh elections would have to be called. These would take place in the middle of Kyiv’s ongoing offensive against pro-Russian rebels in the east of the country.