Ukrainian Prime Minister resigns amid protests

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

KIEV -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov tendered his resignation on Tuesday amid mass anti-government protests.

"In order to facilitate possibilities of a political compromise and a peaceful end to the conflict, I am asking the president to accept my resignation," Azarov said in a statement released by the government.

He said the government had been forced to work in extreme conditions and had done everything during the standoff for a peaceful resolution of the two-month crisis.

On Friday, President Viktor Yanukovych pledged to reshuffle the government and amend controversial anti-protest laws in an apparent concession to the opposition.

The mass rallies started in Ukraine last November, following a government decision to put on hold an association agreement with the European Union and opt for closer relations with Russia. (PNA)

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