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Disgraced Ukrainian Ex-PM Who Disappeared After Ouster Appears at Easter

Ex-Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk appeared in public in Kiev on Sunday, possibly attempting to quell rumors that he had fled the country to South America following his resignation two weeks ago.

A post published on his Facebook page on Sunday showed the politician, accused of corruption and bribery in his home country, gathering in Kiev with family to celebrate Orthodox Easter.

Late last month, Petro Poroshenko Bloc MP Sergei Kaplin accused Yatsenyuk of having fled to Argentina after his resignation in mid-April, something Yatsenyuk's press secretary later denied. 

Newly appointed Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman (L) and Andriy Parubiy, newly appointment chair of the Ukrainian Parliament, hold bouquets of red roses during a parliamentary session in Kiev on April 14, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The ex-PM's allies in the Popular Front party further fueled rumors, with officials saying they had not seen him after April 14, when the new government was chosen.

Yatsenyuk, who served as prime minister of Ukraine since February 2014, following the Maidan coup d'etat which overthrew the unpopular but democratically elected government of Viktor Yanukovych, announced his resignation from the post on April 10, 2016. On April 14, Ukraine's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, approved a new government, headed by Poroshenko ally Volodymyr Groysman. Prior to his resignation, Yatsenyuk's approval rating hovered in the low single digits.

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