An extraordinary weekend. Ukraine’s President Yanukovich is gone and is probably at large somewhere in the pro-Russian heartlands of the east.
There’s no prospect of his return given how fast events have moved and after his people saw the shameless opulence stored within his country retreat.
Ukraine’s parliament named its new speaker as acting head of state on Sunday and is working to form an interim government by Tuesday, ahead of May 25 elections.
Oleksander Turchinov, who was elected speaker on Saturday, is an ally of newly freed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, so she may well come back into the frame despite a blemished record when she was premier. She says she doesn’t want to be prime minister. But president?
The EU and Russia are still vying for influence and Washington and London warned Moscow not to think about sending forces in. Turchinov said he wanted European integration while maintaining good relations with Russia.