Little did I know when I made my post on the country yesterday, that so much would change by today.
I had planned on going though a second post to explain the politics a bit more - as I did with Australia - before a final post explaining the current situation. However; it appears given the situation, I will have to do that a bit backwards.
So, what happened today? Well the short and simple answer is actually the one the media is not covering very well.
When I made my post yesterday, the Ukrainian Parliament looked like this:
210 - Party of Regions (Thought of as Pro Russia given current events)
12 - Independents (Called Pro Russia for future reference to be simple and clear)
32 - Communists (not officially in government but supported it in confidence matters)
89 - Fatherland (Party of Tymoshenko, slightly right of centre)
42 - UDAR (Pro West, slightly more centrist than the above)
36 - Svoboda (Very right-wing nationalist)
23 - Independents (Called Pro West for future reference)
Parliament looks like this
88 - Fatherland
42 - UDAR
36 - Svoboda (does not seem to be a true participant at this time)
32 - Communist (same as above)
23 - Pro West Independents
76 - Former Party of Regions members
12 - Pro Russian Independents (may not even support government)
134 - Party of Regions
It is the swing of the 76 members, formerly members of the Party of Regions (who have all resigned from the party in the past 30 hours) that has caused the radical shift in power in the country. With them, the new Government has voted to oust/impeach the President; who has fled to the eastern part of the country (his support base and home)
I will reserve further comment until the situation becomes a bit more clear; and will post tomorrow more about the history and parties in Ukraine.
I've edited the original numbers displayed to match the official numbers given by parliament. The original set of numbers is now displayed as the second comment.