Saturday, February 22, 2014

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KYIV, February 22 14:02
The Verkhovna Rada on Saturday adopted resolution No. 4166 on the implementation of Ukraine's international obligations regarding the release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.
KYIV, February 22 13:32
Batkivshchyna MP Arsen Avakov has been appointed acting Ukrainian interior minister. A total of 275 MPs voted for such a decision on Saturday.
KYIV, February 22 12:55
Batkivshchyna MP Oleksandr Turchynov has been appointed chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. A total of 288 deputies voted for such a decision on Saturday. Independent MP Petro Poroshenko was also nominated for this post, but he withdrew his candidacy in favor of Turchynov.
KYIV, February 22 11:30 
The law on reinstating certain provisions of the Constitution of Ukraine, which envisages the return to the country's main law of 2004, has been sent to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych for signature, according to the website of the Verkhovna Rada. As reported, on February 21, 386 MPs voted for the law on a return to the 2004 Constitution. The main law of 2004 envisages a return to a parliamentary-presidential form of government in Ukraine.
KYIV, February 22 10:36
Volodymyr Rybak has tendered his resignation as Verkhovna Rada chairman for health reasons. Verkhovna Rada Deputy Speaker Ruslan Koshulynsky said this at a parliament meeting on Saturday. "Rybak has written a statement due to an illness with the request to relieve him of the duties of the Verkhovna Rada chairman," Koshulynsky said.
KYIV, February 21 19:14
The Verkhovna Rada has passed a law that helps release former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from criminal liability. A total of 310 MPs voted for bill No. 2023 introducing amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code of Ukraine on the introduction in national legislation of the provisions of Article 19 of the United Nations Convention against Corruption. Party of Regions MP Hanna Herman said that she had always wanted Tymoshenko to be released. However, she expressed regret that this bill had been submitted by independent MP Inna Bohoslovska, who, she says, "put Tymoshenko in prison." Parliament Speaker Volodymyr Rybak closed a parliament session after the adoption of the bill.
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