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KIEV — Ukrainian lawmakers moved swiftly Sunday to assert control over the government, racing to restore calm after a week of upheaval and bloodshed that ended in President Viktor Yanukovych’s flight and ouster Saturday, and in sudden fears that the country might fall into civil war.
But on Sunday, a series of bureaucratic events — a session of parliament, and the continued running of government institutions — seemed to pull the country back from the brink. As parliament acted, even Yanukovych’s party denounced him for the deadly crackdown on protesters. And the military vowed to support the new government rather than rallying to the ousted president’s side.
In its emergency session Sunday, the parliament granted expanded powers to its new speaker, Oleksandr Turchynov, who now has the authority to carry out the duties of the president of Ukraine as well.