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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

4 Ministers Resign in Ukraine

APZvarych, pictured in 2005, was among four ministers who resigned Thursday.
KIEV -- Four Cabinet ministers allied with Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko resigned Thursday amid a growing rift in Ukraine's fraying government.

Three of the ministers -- in charge of youth and sports, health and justice -- said they were stepping down because the Cabinet and the governing coalition were not following through on Yushchenko's election promises, which included pledges to seek NATO membership, join the World Trade Organization this year and boost social spending.

The culture and interior ministers also resigned, though Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko later changed his mind and decided to stay on the job.

The resignations are not expected to present a significant threat to the government as a whole, but will likely deepen political tensions by widening the rift between supporters of Yushchenko and of Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.

"There is no threat of a crisis in the government but there is a threat of growing confrontation between the government's team and the president's team," said political analyst Mykhailo Pohrebinsky.

The ministers were also upset at what they called a failure to make good on a government unity pact signed in August.

Relations have worsened between the pro-Western Yushchenko and Yanukovych, who came to power following months of political uncertainty after his party won the most votes in March parliamentary elections.