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Europe Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov submitted his resignation amid continuing political protests in the capital Kiev
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government Tuesday, amid a political crisis fired by violent protests on the country’s streets.

Azarov and his Cabinet will continue in their roles until a new government is formed, a notice on the presidential website said.

EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton was expected to hold talks on the crisis in Kiev, shadowed by a warning to the West by Russian President Vladimir Putin not to meddle in Ukraine’s internal affairs.

The United States was also keeping a close watch on the situation, with Vice President Joe Biden speaking to Yanukovych in a telephone call and President Barack Obama backing protesters in his State of the Union address.

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