Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko has dissolved parliament and called a snap election, in an escalation of the country's political crisis.
The announcement followed seven hours of talks between Mr Yushchenko and parliamentary leaders.
The move comes amid a long-running power struggle between the pro-Western president and pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych.
Parliament has vowed to defy the president and continue its work.
Analysts say the move is likely to plunge Ukraine into political turmoil.
Oy. What a mess. :(