As the situation in Ukraine continues, the struggle continues for a lasting peace in the country. Two days ago, the Ukrainian Parliament voted to impeach the president of Ukraine, Victor Yanukovych. Although he has vowed not to resign, the president is currently missing and an ally has claimed presidential powers. Also, former prime minister and opposition to President Yanukovych, Yulia Tymoshenko, was freed from prison by a Parliament’s order.
All this occurred when protesters, attempting to move away from Russian influence and promote a more pro-Western government, were met with violence from the president. For days, protestors took to the streets in Kiev and were met with harsh violence. It is expected that a total of 77 pro-Western, anti-regime protestors were killed in the violence.
The pro-government forces have claimed that the movement of parliament and the protestors is nothing but a coup. President Yanukovych has said as such, and this is why he has refused to resign from the office. He believes that this is a move by forces with ulterior motives to take control of the government.
The Parliament has called for elections to be held on May 25, 2014. While the vote to impeach President Yanukovych is a step forward for the country, it remains to be seen what will occur within the coming months. It appears that the people are ready to move forward and gear themselves to Europe rather than staying under the control of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the man many of the protestors say was controlling the Yanukovych regime.