Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said the crisis in Ukraine stems from the government's failure to act democratically, according to the Associated Press.
He spoke a day after demonstrators took over the capital Kiev and seized the president's office as parliament voted to remove him and hold new elections.
Mr Gorbachev said that the root cause of the unrest in Ukraine was an "interruption of perestroika", referring to his reform policies, and of the democratic process.
More top news
Low pressure will keep the weather cloudy and wet for many areas overnight.
MPs defeat Labour amendment on 1% cap on annual rises after the Government earlier confirmed the policy would stay after double u-turn.