Ukraine protesters propose former economy minister Yatsenyuk as new prime minister

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Associated Press

Posted on February 26, 2014 at 8:01 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 26 at 11:03 PM

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Leaders of Ukraine's protest movement have proposed a top legislator as the country's next prime minister.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk (ar-SEHN'-ee yaht-sehn-YOOK') is a millionaire former banker who served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker before Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH'-vich) took office as president in 2010. Yatsenyuk is widely seen as a technocratic reformer and appears to enjoy the support of the U.S.

The top U.S. diplomat for Europe was recently overheard discussing Yatsenyuk and other Ukrainian opposition figures in a bugged phone called that was leaked to the Internet. In it, Victoria Nuland says "Yats is the guy who's got the economic experience, the governing experience."

The new government is expected to be formally approved by parliament tomorrow. It will face a complicated task of restoring stability in a country that is deeply divided politically and on the verge of financial collapse.

Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered major military exercises just across the border. The show of force is being seen as a signal of Moscow's displeasure over Ukraine's new direction.

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APPHOTO XEL121: Supporters cheer a candidate for Ukraine's new Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, in Kiev's Independence Square, or Maydan, the epicenter of recent deadly clashes with riot police, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. All new government officials should get Maydan's approval prior to parliament vote. The new premier and the Cabinet are to be voted in parliament on Thursday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO XEL122: Ukraine's parliament speaker Oleksandr Turchynov represents candidates of the new Prime Minister and the Cabinet to people for approval in Kiev's Independence Square, or Maidan, the epicenter of recent deadly clashes with riot police, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. All new government officials are being submitted to the Maidan crowd's approval prior to parliament's vote. The new premier and the Cabinet are to be voted in parliament on Thursday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO XEL120: Activists react to approve Arseniy Yatsenyuk as candidate to be Ukraine's new Prime Minister, in Kiev's Independence Square, or Maidan, the epicenter of recent deadly clashes with riot police, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. A group of interim leaders, including acting President Oleksandr Turchynov, also proposed other candidates for the new government to thousands of protesters who have set up camp in downtown Kiev. They were expected to be formally approved by parliament on Thursday. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO XDMV104: Crimean Tatars, right clash with police in front of a local government building in Simferopol, Crimea, Ukraine, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. More than 10,000 Muslim Tatars rallied in support of the interim government. That group clashed with a smaller pro-Russian rally nearby. Fistfights broke out between pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators in Ukraine's strategic Crimea region on Wednesday as Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered massive military exercises just across the border. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (26 Feb 2014)

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APPHOTO XAZ102: Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Fyodor Andreyev, President of the Alrosa diamond mining company in the Novo-Ogaryovo presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Putin on Wednesday ordered massive exercises involving most of its military units in western Russia amid tensions in Ukraine. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Mikhail Metzel, Presidential Press Service) (26 Feb 2014)

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