KIEVE: Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced his resignation in televised broadcast on Sunday in the wake of a months-long political crisis that has paralysed the government and frozen the release of vital Western aid.
“Having done everything to ensure stability and make a smooth transition of power possible, I decided to step down from the post of prime minister of Ukraine,” the 41-year-old pro-Western cabinet chief said in a video address.
The tough-talking prime minister’s decision comes barely two months after he survived a no-confidence vote in his government.
He said President Petro Poroshenko’s party had already nominated parliament speaker Volodymyr Groysman to his post and that he would not stand in the way.
“From today onwards, I see my goals in a broader light than just heading the government,” said Yatsenyuk.