KIEV- Ukraine’s parliament convenes Thursday to approve a new pro-Western government after the United States offered economic aid to the crisis-hit country and warned Russia against military intervention.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had earlier ordered snap combat readiness drills near the Ukrainian border, days after the ouster of pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych, as fears grew over separatism and economic default.
In Kiev, a crowd of some 25,000 people in Independence Square — the heart of three months of deadly protest that ousted Yanukovych — cheered Wednesday as Arseniy Yatsenyuk, 39, was named interim prime minister.
The new cabinet is expected to win easy and quick confirmation Thursday by parliament after mass defection from Yanukovych’s ruling Regions Party put the chamber firmly in the opposition’s hands.
Several nominations were a clear sign that the protesters were taking charge.
Journalist Tetyana Chornovil — attacked in December after filing reports about Yanukovych’s purported wealth — was named head of a new anti-corruption committee.
Prominent opposition leader Dmytro Bulatov — who emerged with a part of an ear missing and caked in blood after being kidnapped and tortured by what he believes were pro-Yanukovych thugs in January — was asked to be Ukraine’s ministry of sport and youth.