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Ukraine parliament dismisses defence minister over Crimea

Ukrainian lawmakers on Tuesday dismissed acting defence minister Igor Tenyukh over his handling of the Crimea crisis following Russia's annexation of the restive Black Sea peninsula. Some 228 deputies in the 450-seat Verkhovna Rada parliament supported the measure in a vote taken shortly after Tenyukh tendered his resignation. zak/yad

Ukraine opposition MPs spend night in parliament

About 20 opposition lawmakers have spent the night in the Ukrainian parliament chamber after blockading it in a voting dispute. Deputies from the opposition Udar (Punch) party, led by world heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, spent the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in the parliament chamber. The dispute in Ukraine's one-chamber parliament, known as the Verkhovna Rada, centres on opposition demands for each deputy to vote individually.
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