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Ukraine Moves To Join EU In Russia Snub

Ukrainian protesters have successfully forced the hand of their president, getting him to reconsider signing a trade deal with the European Union even if it means irking one Vladimir Putin in Moscow.<p>Once the bread basket of the old Soviet Union, the Ukraine is inching closer to the European Union …

Why Is Nobody Saying The Obvious: Putin Destabilized Ukraine

What is the single greatest cause of Ukraine’s tragic strife, the primary cause of so much grief in the region and beyond? Take a look back at the Euromaidan timeline. Think how it began, this latest round of deadly instability featuring tanks, live gunfire, kidnappings, deaths, the state tweeting …

Bonds Rally as Russia Backs Ukraine

Ukraine’s bond prices were sent soaring this afternoon after Russia agreed to lend the country $15 billion through buying new securities and offering it a cheaper price for gas imports.

Ukraine wants financial, economic aid package from EU: Yanukovich

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said on Friday that Kiev still intended to sign an association and trade agreement with the EU in the future, but he wanted the bloc to take ‘decisive steps’ to draw up an economic aid package for Ukraine.<p>Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich …

Ukraine's Yanukovich vetoes EU push to save trade deal

VILNIUS (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich vetoed last-minute attempts by the European Union to rescue a trade deal that could have been signed at a summit on Friday and would have signaled a historic shift away from Russia, EU diplomats said.<p>Under pressure from Moscow, Yanukovich …

An awkward partnership

ANOTHER Ukraine-European Union summit, another pledge, another deadline. There have been many over the years; the latest in Brussels on February 25th …

Reverse-flow woes

CLOSER relations with Ukraine would be a big prize for the European Union: its 28 members are hoping to wrap up an association agreement during the …

Playing East against West

IN JUNE 1709 Peter the Great fought a decisive battle against the Swedish king, Charles XII, at Poltava, in what is now Ukraine. Ukrainians fought on …

Stealing their dream

IT WAS billed as a history play, but turned into a Ukrainian-style farce. Only ten days ago Ukraine, which has spent most of its 22 years as an …

Putin’s expensive victory

ANOTHER victory for Vladimir Putin, another defeat for the West. That is how the outcome of the battle for Ukraine, the country between Russia and …

Paying the piper

THE combustibility of natural gas makes it a potent weapon. When Gazprom, a giant gas company controlled by the Russian state, cut off supplies to …

Despite Ukraine triumph, Russia's relations with its neighbors are under strain

By Will Englund and<p>Will Englund<p>Assignment editor on The Washington Post's foreign desk and a veteran Moscow correspondent<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Kathy Lally<p>Kathy Lally<p>Email Bio<p>MOSCOW — Russia’s success in getting Ukraine to pull back at the last minute from signing an agreement with the European Union …

Keep the door open

“WE ARE not in a bidding war with Russia” is the refrain of senior Europeans whenever they talk about the turmoil in Ukraine. In fact, they sometimes …

Ukraine needs the West to act swiftly

Not surprisingly, the Munich Security Conference last weekend saw heated debates on Ukraine and its current political crisis. Yet while government and opposition representatives faced off with their well-known positions, the real news was an apparent change of minds among Western leaders.<p>Thus, …

Ukraine opposition appeals for aid from West

Opposition movement requests financial aid from Western powers that have pledged support for the protest movement against President Viktor Yanukovych<p>Ukraine’s opposition has called for international mediation and appealed for financial aid from the West for the first time in their protests against …

EU and US offer 'big carrot' to Ukraine as President Viktor Yanukovych returns to work

Ukraine could be offered a package of financial support by the European Union as a way of enticing them away from Russia<p>The embattled leader of <b>Ukraine</b> resumed work on Monday after a four-day absence through illness, and was greeted on his return with an olive branch from the European Union.<p>Viktor …

US preparing financial sanctions against Ukraine

Final details of the package have not been worked out, but it could be put in place quickly<p>The Obama administration is preparing financial sanctions that could be imposed on Ukrainian officials and protest leaders if violence escalates in the political crisis gripping Ukraine, congressional aides …

Ukraine: over for Yanukovich? Bondholders seem to think so | Financial Times

This is Ukraine’s $1bn sovereign bond maturing on June 4:<p>As bond yields soared, the Ukrainian hyrvnia slumped and CDS spreads widened on Friday as …

Ukraine unrest: EU and US clash with Russia in Munich

<b>Ukraine's future has sparked angry exchanges at a summit in Munich.</b><p>European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the "future of Ukraine belongs with the EU" while US Secretary of State John Kerry said the US backed Ukraine's "fight for democracy".<p>Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused …

Alarm grows in eastern Europe over Ukraine crisis

At an emergency summit of four of Ukraine’s neighbouring countries, known as the Visegrad Four, they were preparing for the worst.<p>Prime ministers of the four members: the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia met in Budapest. They believe the crisis could escalate right on their …