Ukraine's acting president, Oleksandr Turchinov, on Tuesday delayed the seating of an interim government for at least two days. Turchinov is hoping to reach a consensus after months of bitter protests and deadly violence that led to the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych on Saturday. The three main opposition parties have been in fierce negotiations. A manhunt continued for Yanukovych.
Dozens of pro-Russian protesters rallied in the city of Sevastopol in the Crimean Peninsula and bitterly denounced politicians in Kiev who are trying to form a new government, with some even calling for secession from Ukraine. The strategic peninsula on the Black Sea is home to a Russian naval base, with thousands of seamen. A Russian flag had replaced the Ukrainian flag at the city council building.
Reaction in Russia
In Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin assembled his national security team for a Kremlin caucus on the turmoil in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later said that Russia would refrain from interfering in Ukraine's domestic crisis and expected other countries to do likewise.
The European Union's top foreign policy official, Catherine Ashton, urged the new government to quickly work out an economic reform program so the West could consider financial aid to keep Ukraine from bankruptcy. Ukraine's acting finance minister says the country needs $35 billion to finance government needs this year and next.