The parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is to meet in Strasbourg, following violent protests in eastern Ukraine. According to Reuters, the Ukrainian prime minister Arseniy Yatseniuk is to address PACE on the second day of its session.
Acting President Oleksander Turchinov called an emergency meeting of security chiefs in the capital Kiev yesterday and took personal control of the situation, the parliamentary press service said.
The Assembly is due to hold an urgent debate later this week over threats to the democratic institutions in Ukraine, and take a decision on a motion to reconsider the credentials of the Russian delegation over the situation in Crimea.
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