Jewish Ukrainian tapped as acting PM

Volodymyr Groysman, a deputy prime minister who is Jewish, was appointed acting prime minister of Ukraine following the resignation of Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

Groysman was selected at a special Cabinet meeting on July 24, according to the RIA Novosti news site. He joined the government in February as deputy prime minister for regional policy and is a former mayor of the city of Vinnytsia.

Groysman will serve until lawmakers elect an interim prime minister before parliamentary elections early next year.

Yatsenyuk resigned after two coalition partners pulled out to begin the process for the new parliamentary elections, the first since the ouster in February of Viktor Yanukovych, the Russian-backed president. — jta