Viktor Yanukovych© RIA Novosti. Grigory Vasilenko
Arseny Yatsenyuk© Front Peremen (Front for Changes) party
KIEV, July 16 (RIA Novosti)
The Ukrainian opposition is determined to impeach President Viktor Yanukovych, opposition leader Arseny Yatsenyuk said on Monday.
Soon after the Supreme Rada, the Ukrainian parliament, passed a controversial language bill boosting the legal status of Russian, the opposition launched a nationwide campaign, Ukraine without Yanukovych, pushing for early parliamentary and presidential elections.
The opposition will go to Ukraine’s supreme court in what Yatsenyuk said was “the first legal step toward Yanukovych’s ouster.”
If the court rejects the suit the opposition will go to international courts.
“We want to impeach Yanukovych,” Yantsenyuk said.
The new law, drafted by Yanukovych's ruling Party of Regions, grants Russian, the mother tongue of most people in eastern and southern Ukraine, "regional language" status.
Supreme Rada speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn and his deputy Mykola Tomenko resigned over the bill.
Jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko said the bill’s passage is a challenge to the Ukrainian nation.
Yanukovych's party insists the law does not undermine Ukrainian, but critics say it is aimed at deepening the friction between Ukrainian and Russian speakers ahead of parliamentary elections in October.
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- PETEPETEPETE(no title)16:56, 16/07/2012I hope the Ukrainians have learned the lesson not only from the Tymoshenko episode but also from the general decadence of the West and all the wonderful "color revolutions" that have happened ever since one of them featuring a Human being being sodomized in front of a camera...the "West is the promised land" mentality was perfectly understandable in the early 90´s, it's not understandable anymore.
As for the sewer rat Arseniy Yatsenyuk, i'm going to use the words Hugo Chavez used to describe his political adversary Henrique Capriles:
"You have the tail of a pig, you have the ears of a pig, you have the growl of a pig...you're a pig. You're a pig!"
(and for those who "get it" half-a-word is enough)
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