Key points

  • Ukraine's parliament votes to oust President Viktor Yanukovych as opposition takes effective control of the capital, Kiev
  • Opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko addresses crowds in Kiev after being freed from hospital where she was under prison guard
  • Parliament elects Oleksandr Turchynov, an ally of Yulia Tymoshenko, as the new speaker (All updates GMT)
  • Mr Yanukovych appears on TV, brands events in Kiev as a "coup" and refuse to step down
  • New elections set by parliament for 25 May
  • Leaders of mainly Russian-speaking regions in east Ukraine say they are taking control of their territories until "constitutional order" is restored in Kiev.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Simeon Paterson 
  • Jasmine Coleman 
  • Lyndsey Telford 
  • Paul Kirby 

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Below is our coverage of events as they unfolded on Saturday - a dramatic day in Ukraine's crisis, which saw President Viktor Yanukovych removed by MPs and fleeing Kiev, but refusing to stand down.

STANDARD 08:26

A BBC correspondent has just entered the presidential palace in Kiev. He says the building appears to be empty.

STANDARD 08:30

Interfax Ukraine quotes an "informed source" that President Viktor Yanukovych arrived in the eastern city of Kharkiv overnight. He was expected to attend a congress of deputies from Crimea and Sevastopol but the source told the agency "the situation is changing dynamically".

STANDARD 08:32

Anti-government protesters guard the entrance to parliament in Kiev (Feb 22) Anti-government protesters guard the entrance to parliament in Kiev

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This is a picture of anti-government protesters outside parliament in Kiev. Parliament speaker Volodymyr Rybak, has tendered his resignation citing "health reasons", the parliament's TV channel Rada reports.

STANDARD 08:36

Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko says President Yanukovych has left Kiev, AFP news agency reports

STANDARD 08:39

Early elections are the only option, Mr Klitschko tells parliament in an address on parliament TV channel Rada.

STANDARD 08:43

Vitaly Klitschko is calling for presidential elections by 25 May, AFP reports. He says President Yanukovych "has left the capital".

STANDARD 08:50

"Millions of Ukrainians see only one choice - early presidential and parliamentary elections," Vitaly Klitschko tells an emergency session of parliament.

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Protesters in front of presidential administration building in Kiev

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