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Ukraine government sacked over gas crisis

Ukraine’s parliament has voted in favour of sacking the government over its recent gas deal with Russia. A no-confidence vote in the government was backed by 250 of the assembly’s 450 deputies, Reuters news agency reports. Ukraine’s prime minister had earlier said consumer gas prices would stay stable despite a deal with Russia doubling the price of gas imports. Russia turned off gas supplies to Ukraine for three days on 1 January as it demanded a higher price for its gas. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yushchenko had earlier described the deal as a victory for the country, as it still avoided the four-fold increase in gas prices that Russia had wanted. Full Story

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