WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Thursday applauded the efforts of Ukraine's parliament to stabilize the country, saying that ousted President Viktor Yanukovych abdicated his responsibility.
Press secretary Jay Carney said Yanukovych left a "void" that Ukraine's lawmakers are now trying to fill.
A respected Russian news organization reported that Yanukovych was staying in a Kremlin sanatorium just outside Moscow, and he said still considers himself president.
The parliament, however, has named an acting prime minister.
Carney said the U.S. expects the interim government to protect the security and civil rights of all of citizens in Ukraine, which has a large Russian-speaking population.
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