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Ukraine prime minister quits, antiprotest laws repealed

Antigovernment protests continued Tuesday in Kiev’s Independence Square despite regime moves to quell growing unrest.
Antigovernment protests continued Tuesday in Kiev’s Independence Square despite regime moves to quell growing unrest.Credit: Vasily Fedosenko/Reuters

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KIEV — In back-to-back moves aimed at defusing Ukraine’s political crisis, the prime minister resigned Tuesday and Parliament repealed antiprotest laws that had set off violent clashes between protesters and police.

The two developments were significant concessions to the antigovernment protesters who have fought sporadically with police for the last 10 days after two months of peaceful around-the-clock demonstrations.

The protests erupted after President Viktor Yanukovych turned toward Russia for a bailout loan instead of signing a deal with the European Union and have since morphed into a general plea for more human rights, less corruption, and more democracy in this nation of 45 million.

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