Ukrainian lawmakers fail to make headway after cross party talks
Hundreds of protesters marched to the Ukrainian parliament calling for Prime Minster Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign. This comes after lawmakers failed to make headway to replace Yatsenyuk's government. The current Prime Minister is being opposed by the majority of parliamentarians. His party now has some of the lowest ratings, which fell to one percent last month.
Yuriy Lutsenko, Petro Poroshenko Bloc faction leader: "A chance to realise new politics could have been had by a technocrat government, created without bargains between parties, without oligarchs. But this idea, which is supported by society, which is supported by responsible politicians, which is supported by western partners, was basically buried yesterday by Samopomich's announcement that it will not join any new coalition under any kind of government."
Following Monday night talks reformist Samopomich party said it would only join the new government on several conditions. Last month the party quit the ruling coalition after a no-confidence vote in parliament.
Oleh Berezyuk, head of Samopomich Party: "Everything that was done yesterday was done so that the head of the faction (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) could today say that Samopomich ruined everything, and it will be Senya (Arseny Yatseniuk) 3.0 (version). It is primitive and, unfortunately, that's a reality of this country."
The Ukrainian public has grown increasingly disillusioned with the current government.
Protester: "The whole government must be changed completely, including Yatsenyuk. Yatsenyuk must be changed and replaced by a professional who will work for the benefit of Ukraine."
Despite the government launching a reform program, corruption is still endemic in Ukraine. A lasting ceasefire in eastern part of the country has also not been reached.