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Ukraine votes in new prime minister

Ukraine's parliament has approved Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the country's new prime minister.

The vote was held today amid the sharp rise in tensions in the southern Crime region, where gunmen seized local government buildings and raised a Russian flag.

The 39-year-old Yatsenyuk has previously served as the economy minister and foreign minister, and a speaker of parliament.

He was approved by 371 votes in the 450-member parliament.

Earlier he said the country's future lies in the European Union but with friendly relations with Russia.

Yatsenyuk said Ukraine doesn't want a fight with Russia, but insisted the country wouldn't accept the secession of the southern Crimea region. He said Crimea "has been and will be a part of Ukraine."

He said tough reforms are needed to prevent Ukraine, divided in loyalties between Russia and the West, from collapsing economically and politically.


From Belfast Telegraph