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Ukraine Faces Economic, Corruption Challenges After Yatsenyuk Resignation

© Sputnik / Alexandr MaksimenkoMinisters in the Government lodge during Ukraine's new parliament first session in Kiev. Right, foreground: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
Ministers in the Government lodge during Ukraine's new parliament first session in Kiev. Right, foreground: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk - Sputnik International
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Ukraine will face significant challenges rebuilding its economy and battling corruption following the resignation of Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk, US Senate Ukraine Caucus ranking member Dick Durbin told Sputnik.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — On Sunday, Yatsenyuk announced his resignation effective on April 12 amid the ongoing parliamentary crisis in the country. He will be replaced by Volodymyr Groysman, a member of Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc.

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"They are going through a painful transition away from the previous leadership and trying to create a new approach, a stronger economy, tackling corruption," Durbin said on Tuesday.

Durbin added that "there will be a lot of false starts" in the process of forming a representative government. "But I think they are moving in the right direction."

In this file photo taken on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015, Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenuk, speaks on the phone in Parliament in Kiev, Ukraine. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Durbin noted that he spoke with Yatsenyuk on Monday and thanked him for his service. He commented that Ukraine faces "a major challenge" as it works to rebuild the economy and battle government corruption.

In February, the Ukraine parliamentary crisis escalated when Poroshenko’s governing bloc denounced the work of the cabinet as unsatisfactory. At that time, Yatsenyuk narrowly survived a no-confidence vote, and the country’s economic development minister resigned citing the slow pace of change and widespread government corruption.

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