Support The Moscow Times!

President Poroshenko Calls to Replace Ukrainian Government

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (L) and Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has demanded a “total reboot” and “reformatting” of the country’s government, claiming that the acting Cabinet ministers has lost society’s trust, the Meduza news website reported Tuesday, citing Poroshenko’s statement.

Poroshenko also asked that Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin resign in order to “regain people’s trust,” the president’s spokesman wrote on Twitter.

A member of Poroshenko’s party, Sergei Kaplin, said that parliament would likely support the dismissal of Yatsenyuk.

A new government would need to be based upon the existing coalition, said Poroshenko — promising that he would use his right to fully dissolve the parliament only in an emergency.

“The tension between the government and the factions is so high that it threatens the viability of the coalition, but its collapse would plunge the country into a deep and prolonged political crisis,” he said, Meduza reported.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.