Kiev mourns as parliament delays formation of new government
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 - 01:33
Feb. 25 - Ukraine's parliament votes to delay formation of a new national government until Thursday, as mourners flood Independence Square with flowers for killed protesters. Nathan Frandino reports.
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A sea of flowers grows in Kiev's Independence Square.
Pictures of killed protesters sit as Ukrainians prepare for a new political era.
After months of protests and last's week deadly violence, the president was ousted and indicted for mass murder.
One mourner says the protesters died fighting to protect their own people.
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN PROFESSOR OF MUSIC WHO HAS LIVED IN UKRAINE FOR FIVE YEARS, NATALIA KOPTENKOVA SAYING:
"In fact, thanks to the nationalists' movement that stood to defend the people and that was not afraid of bullets or gunfire, we don't have this horrible future anymore. I am now optimistic about the future."
That future may take time.
Parliament on Tuesday delayed the formation of the new government until Thursday to allow more time for debate.
One official says there's much work to be done.
(SOUNDBITE) (Ukrainian) LEADER OF BATKYVSCHINA PARTY, ARSENIY YATSENYUK, SAYING:
"The previous authorities have destroyed the basis of justice and have built, not even a mafia, but a gangster system, a system based on corruption and murderers. I repeat - murderers."
The interim leadership also pledged to put the country back on course for European integration.
Officials also said they wanted relations with Russia on "new, equal and good-neighborly footing."
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