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Ukrainian president takes sick leave amid crisis

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KIEV, Ukraine — Ukraine’s embattled president is taking sick leave, his office announced today, a surprise development that left unclear how efforts to resolve the country’s political crisis would move forward. Protesters have been calling for his resignation for two months.

A statement on the presidential website said the 63-year-old Viktor Yanukovych has an acute respiratory illness and a high fever. There was no indication of how long he might be on leave or whether he would be able to…

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