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    Ukraine's Parliament Refuses PM Resignation

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks to the parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 24, 2014.
    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks to the parliament in Kyiv, Ukraine, July 24, 2014.
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    Ukraine's parliament has rejected the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who announced last week his intention to step down after the two parties supporting him left the ruling coalition.

    The legislature voted Thursday not to accept Yatsenyuk's resignation, despite his loss of political backing.

    The lawmakers also approved legislation backed by Yatsenyuk to help fund the fight against pro-Russian separatists in the east.  The prime minister had warned that without the funding, Ukraine would default on its debt, undermining a $17 billion loan package from the International Monetary Fund.

    President Petro Poroshenko welcomed Thursday's funding vote, praising the lawmakers for working together even after the coalition’s breakdown.

    Despite international assistance, Ukraine has struggled to meet its financial commitments, with the conflict in the east adding to its expenses.

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    by: Children from: for Peace
    July 31, 2014 11:56 PM
    STOP the war int the name of God and all God's creatures

    by: meanbill from: USA
    July 31, 2014 1:11 PM
    ADVICE from the grave of Ho Chi Minh?.... It would be far better to sit down and drink tea and talk, than fight a war for (40) years or more?... (Ukraine Beware)... winter comes in about (3) months, and Ukraine has over 10,000 old Russian tanks and armored fighting vehicles, with old outdated batteries in them, and any mechanic will tell you, (cold kills old outdated batteries), and old soldiers will tell you, that tanks and armored fighting vehicles with "dead batteries" are completely useless..... (sitting in a cold tank with a dead battery is a death sentence).... (3) months to winter?

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