Ukraine: MPs disrupt Rada to protest corruption in Yatsenyuk's government

A number of Ukrainian MPs disrupted a session of the Verkhovna Rada in Kiev, Tuesday, when they blocked the rostrum and demanded the creation of a temporary commission to investigate claims of corruption in the government involving Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. The protesting MPs mainly consisted of members of the nationalist Svoboda party but there were also representatives from other parties in attendance including the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR). One of the representatives of Petro Poroshenko's Bloc Sergei Kaplin is reported to have said that a temporary investigative committee will be established to examine Gordienko's claims and that Yatsenyuk could be dismissed, if officials vote for the motion, following the committee's findings. The protest follows a report released by former head of State Financial Inspection Nikolai Gordienko accusing Yatsenyuk of corruption. According to Gordienko, the schemes reportedly involved billions of dollars. Yatsenyuk has since denied these claims. Meanwhile outside the Rada, hundreds of activists and supporters of the Svoboda party rallied and called for Yatsenyuk to resign. Protesters waved Svoboda party flags and held placards with slogans such as 'Remove Yatsenyuk' and banners calling for a committee to be set up in order to investigate the current government. Andrei Illenko, a speaker at the event, called for 'decisive action' to be taken. There was a heavy police presence at the rally in case of scuffles and clashes.

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