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Ukrainian Opposition Controls Kiev
By Harold Hutchison

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has fled Kiev for the city of Kharkov after the Ukrainian parliament dismissed him from office. The parliament also released former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the opposition leader.

According to a report by VOA News, the actions taken by the Ukrainian parliament also included restoration of the 2004 constitution. Tymoshenko proclaimed the “dictatorship has fallen.”

It was the second time that Yanukovych had been pushed from power. In the 2004 Orange Revolution, A popular revolt forces a second election after Yanukovych won election. Tymoshenko supported the efforts to push Yanukovych out in favor of Viktor Yushchenko.

Yushchenko and Tymoshenko favored closer ties to the European Union, while Yanukovych is considered an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin.