In the third round of mass protests
following the slaying of journalist Jan Kuciak, tens of thousands of Slovak citizens took to the streets on March 17 to demand the ouster of the entire current government as well as new elections.
The latest demonstrations occurred a day after Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned from his post, leaving the task of forming a government to his deputy and fellow Smer party member, Peter Pellegrini.
President Andrej Kiska named
a new government on Thursday, with Pelligrini at its helm. The decision was executed without holding new elections.
in Chisinau on Sunday called for the unification of Moldova with Romania. The demonstrations, termed the "Centennial March," marked the 100th anniversary of Bessarabia's incorporation into the kingdom of Romania. Police reported turnout at 7,000, while organizers estimated the number of demonstrators at more than 100,000.
In other news, Moldovan authorities announced
on March 20 that the country's ambassador to Russia would return to Moscow. The announcement came several months after Ambassador Andrei Negutsa was recalled to Chisinau following alleged mistreatment of Moldovan officials by Russian authorities.
Negutsa's recall occurred after a series of bilateral diplomatic expulsions last year.
Well-known Rada Deputy and former helicopter pilot Nadiya Savchenko has been stripped of immunity and arrested
after announcing plans to attack the parliament. Chief prosecutor Yuriy Lutsenko has accused her of plotting to obtain weapons from separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine.
In other news, two days prior to the Russian presidential election, Ukrainian authorities announced
that only Russian diplomats in Ukraine would be permitted to vote at Russian diplomatic institutions on March 18. Ukrainian police guarded the Russian Embassy in Kyiv and consulates elsewhere as Ukrainian groups protested outside these diplomatic missions.