US: Ukraine filling ‘void’ left by Yanukovych

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White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The secretary fielded questions from the situation in Ukraine to the 2016 Presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

White House press secretary Jay Carney speaks during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. The secretary fielded questions from the situation in Ukraine to the 2016 Presidential election. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

New prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, speaks to lawmakers during a session at the Ukrainian parliament in Kiev, Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Ukrainian lawmakers chose Arseniy Yatsenyuk as the new prime minister. He will face the hugely complicated task of restoring stability in a country that is not only deeply divided politically but on the verge of financial collapse. The 39-year-old served as economy minister, foreign minister and parliamentary speaker before Yanukovych took office in 2010, and is widely viewed as a technocratic reformer who enjoys the support of the U.S. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is welcoming the efforts by Ukraine’s parliament to stabilize the country, and says ousted President Viktor Yanukovych (yah-noo-KOH’-vich) “abdicated his responsibility.”

Press secretary Jay Carney says Yanukovych left a “void” that Ukraine’s lawmakers are trying to fill.

A respected Russian news organization reported that Yanukovych was staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just outside Moscow, and he said still considers himself president.

The parliament has named an acting prime minister.

Carney says the U.S. expects the interim government to protect the security and civil rights of all of citizens in Ukraine, which has a large Russian-speaking population.

Associated Press

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