RESIGNATION OF UKRAINE'S PRIME MINISTER REJECTED BY KYIV PARLIAMENT

Jul 31, 2014

By Jane Brown

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Ukraine’s parliament has voted not to accept the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Yatsenyuk said last week he was resigning after two parties left the coalition supporting him and parliament balked at passing laws he said were essential to fund the country’s war against pro-Russian separatists.

But parliamentarians decided today not to accept the resignation. President Petro Poroshenko had urged legislators and the government to find a compromise and keep the parliament working.

Meantime, an international team of investigators in eastern Ukraine has for the first time reached the crash site of the Malaysia Airline Flight 17.

Fighting along the route to the wreckage site between government troops and pro-Russian separatist rebels had for several days kept the delegation from reaching the area.

An Associated Press journalist at the scene Thursday said it appeared to be under the control of separatist rebel fighters.

Police and forensic experts from the Netherlands and Australia are expected to initially focus their efforts on retrieving bodies still on the site and collect victims’ belongings.

It remains unclear exactly how many bodies remain and what condition they are in after being exposed for so long to the elements.

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