Ukrainian President Impeached: Turmoil And Unrest In Kiev - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Ukrainian President Impeached: Turmoil And Unrest In Kiev

Posted: Updated:
KIEV, Ukraine- It has been a week of fast-moving developments in Ukraine. Most recently, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to impeach President Viktor Yanukovich and has appointed its speaker as interim president. An arrest warrant has also been issued for Yanukovich who is now on the run. Following months long anti-government protests in the capital Kiev, demonstrators managed to change the balance of power in Europe and Central Asia.

The revolution began with a fiery miscalculation by the government last Tuesday when riot police tried to storm a three month old protest camp in the center of Kiev. The demonstrators held their ground, setting bonfires to keep the police at bay. Police couldn't take the square and by the next morning they were reduced to throwing stones.

The police didn't have much food or shelter either. Many were seen exhausted and sleeping on the streets. By day three, protesters felt they had the upper hand and charged police lines. Then the government made a second tragic mistake.  Riot police opened fire, killing nearly 80 demonstrators. In minutes, volunteers converted a nearby hotel into a field hospital.

The U.S. and other nations threatened sanctions and under pressure from Europe, Ukraine's pro-Moscow President Yanukovich agreed to limit his authority and hold new elections by the end of the year. The protesters sensed weakness and chose to push on.

They occupied Kiev starting with the presidential offices. Police abandoned their posts. Yanukovich fled for eastern Ukraine and demonstrators entered his Chalet. Kiev fell without a shot.

Hungry for information, people pressed their faces to the gates of parliament for updates broadcast on loudspeakers. Parliament was taking over the government. For the demonstrators, Yanukovich was a Russian puppet. This week Vladimir Putin's Realpolitik met 21st Century Internet-Politik as Tahrir-Square siege demonstrations came to Moscow's doorstep, making Russia wonder will there be more?

The protesters say they plan to stay in the Square to oversee a transition of power.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Carlton Complex Fire now 243,291 acres; 2,100+ firefighters on scene

    Carlton Complex Fire now 243,291 acres; 2,100+ firefighters on scene

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:34 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:34:55 GMT
    UPDATE: Late Sunday evening the fire was 243,291 acres in size. 1622 firefighters are assigned to the complex. The fire is currently 16% contained. Contact the “511” automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for updated information, or call (509) 667-2802.
    More >>
    UPDATE: Late Sunday evening the fire was 243,291 acres in size. 1622 firefighters are assigned to the complex. The fire is currently 16% contained. Contact the “511” automated Washington Department of Transportation Travel Information line for updated information, or call (509) 667-2802.

    More >>
  • UPDATE: Mills Canyon & Chiwaukum wildfires

    UPDATE: Mills Canyon & Chiwaukum wildfires

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-07-22 15:28:22 GMT
    KHQ.COM- Here are the latest updates as of 8:15am on Tuesday for the Chiwaukum Complex Fire and the Mills Canyon Fire according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center Tuesday Morning Brief: Chiwaukum Complex has now burned 11,783 acres and is 10% contained. Mills Canyon fire remains at 22,571 acres. It is 85% contained.More >>
    KHQ.COM- Here are the latest updates as of 8:15am on Tuesday for the Chiwaukum Complex Fire and the Mills Canyon Fire according to the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center Tuesday Morning Brief: Chiwaukum Complex has now burned 11,783 acres and is 10% contained. Mills Canyon fire remains at 22,571 acres. It is 85% contained.
    More >>
  • INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    INCREDIBLE drone video shows fire destruction over Pateros/Brewster

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:51:52 GMT
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.More >>
    KHQ.COM - Chelan HD Productions has given us permission to show this incredible video they shot with a drone surveying the damage done from the Carlton Complex Fire in the areas of Brewster and Pateros. This video is truly jaw dropping and really shows the level of destruction from the fire.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.