Ukrainians fire remnants of old regime

Ex-leader’s support wanes as parliament takes over

Posted: February 24, 2014 at 3:29 a.m.

People lay flowers and lit candles at one of the barricades heading to Kiev's Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's recent unrest, Ukraine, on a mourning day Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. Official reports say 82 people were killed in severe clashes between opposition activists and riot police. A top Ukrainian opposition figure assumed presidential powers Sunday, plunging Ukraine into new uncertainty after a deadly political standoff and boosting long-jailed Yulia Tymoshenko's chances at a return to power.(AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

KIEV, Ukraine — A day after President Viktor Yanukovych fled the Ukrainian capital and was removed from power by a unanimous vote in the nation’s parliament, lawmakers moved swiftly Sunday to dismantle the remaining vestiges of his government by firing top Cabinet members, including the foreign minister.

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