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Ukraine protesters vow to stay on streets despite police threat

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to crack down “harshly” to enforce a court order that they disperse.<p>Kiev’s November 21 decision to abandon a trade and integration deal with …

Yanukovich going to Russia, agency says, as Ukraine protesters defy police

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich was flying to Russia on Friday to meet Vladimir Putin, a news agency reported, seeking aid to shore up a creaking economy while protesters back home, opposed to his U-turn away from Europe, defied police.<p>A man eats next to defaced posters …

Ukraine Needs Europe, Not Putin

Ukraine is a nation torn between two competing influences: the European Union and Vladimir Putin. Step by step, Ukraine has been slipping toward Russia’s orbit. Recently, the pro-Putin president, Viktor Yanukovych, took a large step toward hitching his country’s cart to Russia’s horse (err, bear): …

Powerful Photo Of Elderly Woman Perfectly Sums Up The Defiance And Intensity In Ukraine

Vasily Fedosenko of Reuters took this photo of a woman holding religious items and pointing her finger at a seemingly smug Interior Ministry official during a rally to support EU integration in Kiev, Ukraine on Thursday.<p>Ukrainian citizens have flooded the streets ever since President Viktor …

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Possible Ukraine-Russia customs union provokes fresh protests in Kyiv

The people of Ukraine have come out in force in a huge rally attempting to pile pressure on President Yanukovych to stop seeking closer ties with Russia.<p>Tensions between the government and pro-Europe activists are expected to increase as a result of the demonstration, which has drawn hundreds of …

Meanwhile, In Eastern Ukraine

From Radio Free Europe, an interesting summary of sentiment in eastern Ukraine (a part of the country with a large ethnic Russian …

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Heavily Armed Riot Police Storm Opposition Offices in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Heavily armed riot troops broke into the offices of a top Ukrainian opposition party in Kiev and seized its servers Monday, the party said, as anti-government protests crippled the capital for yet another day.<p>Elsewhere police dismantled or blocked off several small protest tent …

Ukraine riot police enter central Kiev amid rumours of attack on square

Cordons of riot police moved into central Kiev early on Monday afternoon in what appeared to be preparations by the Ukrainian government to regain control of Independence square and Kiev city hall, occupied by anti-government protesters for the past week.<p>The move comes after a week of protests …

Moscow willing to negotiate with Ukraine - Russia Beyond

Seeking to ease tensions and move the discussion on Ukraine in a constructive direction,Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Russia is ready to negotiate on any type of customs agreement, even one with the participation of the European Union.<p>In addition, he said, Russia is open to industrial …

Russian bailout wins Ukraine economic respite but deepens political rift

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich has secured a $15 billion (£9 billion) bailout from Russia, offering respite for an economy heading ever closer to default but also drawing accusations he has sold his country out to its former Soviet master.<p>By grasping the lifeline thrown by …

Ukraine leader seeks cash at Kremlin, Kiev protest planned

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Ukraine’s president could secure loans from Russia on Tuesday when he meets Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin - money that could help fend off economic crisis but may fuel anti-government protests in Kiev.<p>A Pro-European integration protester builds a new barricade in Independence …

Ukraine: What's behind the protests - Russia Beyond

Click to enalrge the image. Drawing by Konstantin Maler<p>The Polish film director Krzysztof Kieslowski explained it this way: “The television industry doesn’t like to see the complexity of the world. It prefers simple reporting, with simple ideas: this is white, that’s black; this is good, that’s …

Ukraine Parliament Members Brawl Over Budget (PHOTOS)

Heated debates over budgetary constraints quickly turned into fisticuffs Thursday as members of Ukraine's parliament brawled over the 2014 budget.<p>Members of opposition parties tried to interrupt the parliamentary session by throwing some punches. In photos of the scene, Ukrainian politicians are …

Protesters clash with police at large Ukraine rally

KIEV (Reuters) - Protesters clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday after tough anti-protest legislation, which the political opposition says paves the way for a police state, was rushed through parliament last week.<p>A group of young masked demonstrators attacked a cordon of …

The violence in Ukraine is wrong – but we'll keep fighting for our freedom

One could feel it in the air that something was going to happen. Growing frustration among protesters has suddenly changed to anger after the Ukrainian parliament, Verkhovna Rada, passed laws severely restricting demonstrations including banning the wearing of helmets and gas masks. It took the …

Ukraine Protests Erupt In Violence

Anti-government protests in Ukraine took a violent turn Monday after the government enacted laws restricting assembly rights, with angry …

Ukraine protesters seize key building in Kiev as leaders weigh offer

KIEV, Ukraine -- As opposition leaders weighed a peace offering from President Viktor Yanukovich, protesters seized a key building in central Kiev on Sunday, then took a pause in their rebellion to bury one of their dead.<p>Seemingly testing Yanukovich’s determination, hundreds of anti-government …

Why Ukraine Is So Important

Since late November the streets of Kiev have become a battle zone, with anti-government protesters facing off against Ukrainian police in near-daily clashes. In the past week or so it became especially violent, with a number of deaths reported among anti-government protesters and images of a …

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Why protests are growing in eastern Ukraine

Screen capture from a video showing protesters in the eastern city of Zaporizhzhya on Sunday.<p>Anti-government protests in eastern Ukraine, which has …

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Opposition 'Gaining Ground' In Ukraine?

Demonstrators in Kiev's main square are welcoming the news that Ukraine's "widely despised" prime minister is stepping down, that anti-protest laws have been repealed and that protesters may get amnesty, NPR's Corey Flintoff reports.<p><i>The Washington Post</i> says those are among "growing signs" that the …

Why Europe does not need Ukraine without Russia - Russia Beyond

Click to enlarge the image. Drawing by Igor Demkovsky<p>When something falls apart, breaks up, crashes or sinks in Russia, the reason is clear: because it is "that country," Rushka, Putin, the regime.<p>However, when something falls apart on the Champs-Elysees, or on the blessed islands or the promised …

On Ukraine aid, Canada urged to ‘put its money where its mouth is’

Pressure is mounting on Ottawa to "put its money where its mouth is" and join its allies in assembling an aid package that could help draw Ukraine out of turmoil and closer to the West.<p>Brussels and Washington recently raised the possibility of financial aid for Ukraine's recession-hit economy in …

Leaked Call Controversy Highlights Global Tension Over Ukraine

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>Yesterday, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland …

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EU must be ready to impose sanctions on Ukraine: Czech minister

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union must be ready to impose sanctions on Ukraine if the government persists in using violence against protesters, the foreign minister of the Czech Republic said on Monday as he warned against Soviet-style authoritarianism.<p>Anti-government protesters march on a …

Ukraine's Real Problem Is Viktor Yanukovych

It's impossible to understand the situation in Ukraine without understanding the split between the Ukrainian-speaking West, which generally opposes President Viktor Yanukovych, and the Russian-speaking East, which generally supports him.<p>That said, oversimplifying the split would be a mistake. As …

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