Opposition to form parallel government
Ukraine’s government has announced that it will put its amnesty of protesters into full effect today. On Friday they released 234 protesters who had been arrested during the three month long demonstrations. In return the anti-government protesters ended their two month long occupation of Kiev City on Sunday.
Although the moves by both sides might suggest a thawing of attitudes that has not been demonstrated politically. Arseniy Yatsenyuk, a leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, said that he had refused President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer to appoint him a Deputy Prime Minister and instead announced that the opposition would be forming a parallel government.
Mr. Yatsenyuk and Vitali Klitschko, the leader of another opposition party, will travel to Berlin for talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel today.