KIEV, Ukraine — Hoping to reach a consensus that would heal some of Ukraine's wounds, the country's acting president on Tuesday delayed the seating of an interim government for at least two days, even as opposition colleagues appealed to the Hague criminal tribunal to try fugitive ex-President
Reports of mounting discord among ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine and gunshot wounds suffered by a top aide to Yanukovich further heightened a sense that Ukraine's stability is threatened as politicians jockey for position before the May 25 presidential election.
A multiparty transitional leadership had been expected to be announced Tuesday. But acting President Oleksandr Turchynov told lawmakers that it would take until at least Thursday to get consensus on a Cabinet that would have the trust of the entire nation.
Visiting diplomats of the
"It needs to be inclusive," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said of the Cabinet in comments to reporters after two days of talks in Kiev.
In Moscow, Russian President
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov later said during a Moscow news conference that Russia would refrain from interfering in Ukraine's domestic crisis and expected other countries to do likewise.
Ukraine's industries and economy are dependent on trade with Russian companies and their products, and Russia's Black Sea naval fleet is based in the port of Sevastopol, now part of Ukraine. Most of the eastern half of Ukraine had voted for Yanukovich and supported his decision late last year to continue strengthening ties with Russia rather than entering into an EU association agreement.
Though Russian officials have made disparaging remarks about those now running Ukraine's government, Putin has said little about how he expects the power struggle and fight over Ukraine's future to play out.
Lavrov seemed to be conveying a Kremlin message that it was taking a hands-off approach while watching to see what leadership emerges from talks underway in Kiev.
"We have confirmed our principled position to not interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs and expect all [foreign powers] to follow a similar logic," Lavrov said.
Little was immediately clear about the circumstances in which Yanukovich's former chief of staff, Andriy Klyuyev, was wounded Monday. Klyuyev's spokesman, Artem Petrenko, said Klyuyev had resigned his post with Yanukovich and was driving to Kiev when he was shot.
"He was not hiding but on the contrary he was returning to Kiev because he is innocent of the crimes attributed now to Yanukovich and other state officials," Petrenko said.
Political analysts worry that an atmosphere of revenge is developing as opposition forces that suffered under Yanukovich's corrupt, repressive government hunt those responsible for the deadly culmination of a three-month
"With the post-Soviet statehood of Ukraine all but collapsed, people driven by vengeance don't want to wait for the state to re-emerge from the ruins to bring the former officials to justice," said Vadim Karasyov, head of the Institute of Global Strategies in Kiev. "Summary trials are taking place in the street, and the situation has the potential to aggravate until a compromise is found between the new authorities and the people."
The parliament passed a measure Tuesday seeking trial by the
Tuesday saw the start of campaigning for the presidential election. Opposition leader and former heavyweight boxing champion