*Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s government has survived a no-confidence vote hours after the president asked him to step down.
A former speaker of parliament and foreign minister, Mr Yatsenyuk was one of the main opposition leaders during the massive protests that removed former pro-Russia President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014.
In a passionate speech to parliament earlier, Mr Yatsenyuk said his government, which is backed by Western countries, had done all it could under difficult circumstances.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has threatened to withhold aid money to Ukraine if it does not carry out reforms. Western governments have previously expressed concern over the resignation of reform-minded figures.*
Poroschenko is not fairing much better, the coalition President, who asked Yatsenyuk to stand down as PM.
According to Gallup polls recently conducted in the country, only 17 percent of Ukrainians now support the president. That is down from a high of 47 percent immediately after his election in May 2014. His approval rating is now lower than that of former President Viktor Yanukovych, which stood at 29 percent when was driven from office.