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Frankfurter Rundschau - Germany | Friday, July 25, 2014

Yatsenyuk's resignation courageous if overdue

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigned on Thursday after Vitali Klitschko's party Udar and the nationalist Svoboda left the coalition in protest at the new budget. The left-liberal daily Frankfurter Rundschau describes the resignation as a hazardous if overdue step: "Courageous because after the tragedy of flight MH17 the country is faced with an intensification of the conflict in the east. Overdue because for months the government of the talented Prime Minister Yatsenyuk has committed mistake after mistake in its anti-crisis policy. For that reason it bears much of the blame for the escalation, independent of Russian aggression. Yatsenyuk and his team were completely unable to reunite the Ukrainians in the east and west. ... However his resignation shows something else too: unlike in Russia, the rules of the democracy hold sway in Ukraine. And unlike in Moscow, the spirit of freedom thrives in Kiev."

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