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Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has been confronted with a crisis as protests mount against government policies in the country. Al Jazeera reported on Nov. 3, 2013, that Ukraine's parliament rejected a no-confidence vote amid swelling protests. A motion to hold a no-confidence vote against Azarov, who is allied with President Viktor Yanukovych, has been rejected by Ukraine's parliament.

Tensions in the Ukraine are therefore now unresolved in the aftermath of the government's refusal to sign an historic European Union trade and political pact and to instead become more closely aligned with Russia. Azarov has been warning that the anti-government demonstrations in the capital, Kiev, have been getting "out of control" and could result in a coup. The debate in parliament fell into a "shouting and shoving" match between administration and opposition politicians. Opposition members were screaming "shame" and "revolution" as pro-government lawmakers spoke.

The Obama administration has not been saying much about the chaotic situation in Ukraine due to fears of causing problems with the Kremlin, according to The Washington Post. Secretary of State John F. Kerry has cancelled a planned visit to Kiev this week. Crowds of about 300,000 protesters have taken to the streets of Kiev. The future for Ukraine remains uncertain at this time.



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