Ukraine Crisis: Opposition Takes Control of Presidential Compound as Viktor Yanukovych ‘Flees Kiev’
Ukraine’s opposition on Saturday pushed for Viktor Yanukovych’s resignation as protesters seized the presidential residence and offices and the embattled leader appeared to have fled Kiev.
Allies of the jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko were appointed as parliamentary speaker and interim interior minister, as a revolution seemed to be gathering pace following days of bloody clashes.
But earlier reports of Ms Tymoshenko’s release from jail proved premature as aides said she remained in prison.
Parliament debated an opposition resolution calling for the resignation of Mr Yanukovych, who disappeared from public view on Saturday, abandoning the presidential administration building and his residence just outside Kiev. Meanwhile the country’s police announced they stood “with the people” and wanted “rapid changes”.