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THE NEW YORK TIMES — February 4, 2014

Saving Ukraine

The United States and Europe may finally be ready to put some real emergency aid on the table as part of an effort to resolve the political crisis in Ukraine and to tie the country more closely to the West. Without such an offer of financial support, Russia will continue to have leverage to bully Ukraine into its geopolitical orbit. The standoff over economic policy and whether Ukraine will ally with Europe or Russia is more than two months old and has led to violent protests in which at least six people were killed…

CNN — February 4, 2014

Ukraine Needs the West to Act Swiftly

(CNN) – 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. Thus, European Union Commissioner Stefan Fule stated that “if we are serious about helping this part of Europe to transform, the association agreement is only the first step,” admitting in effect that only the EU’s “most powerful instrument,” membership, will help in the long-term…

AL JAZEERA — February 4, 2014

Ukraine Government Considers Early Elections

Ukraine’s authorities have voiced the possibility of early presidential elections for the first time as the government tries to show its determination to find a peaceful solution to the continuing conflict. Yuriy Miroshnychenko, Viktor Yanukovych’s personal representative in parliament, told AFP news agency on Tuesday that the president has spoken at a meeting with politicians last week of “two possible scenarios” to end the two-month crisis…

THE NEW YORK TIMES — February 3, 2014

U.S. and Europe Work on Aid Package for Ukraine

BERLIN — Looking to defuse Ukraine’s crisis, the United States and Europe are trying to assemble a financial package that could ease the path for a new government there to guide the country out of its current impasse between Europe and Russia, American and European officials say...

BBC — February 3, 2014

Russia Warns Ukraine Opposition as Protests Continue

Russia has urged Ukrainian opposition leaders to end their campaign of "ultimatums and threats" and to step up negotiations with the government. Russia’s foreign ministry said Moscow was concerned by activists’ attempts to "inflame" the situation...

REUTERS — February 3, 2014

Ukraine President, Back at Work, Warns "Radicals"

(Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych returned to work on Monday after four days of sick leave, issuing a warning about rising "radicalism" after more than two months of unrest on the streets but giving no word on a new prime minister...

CNN — February 3, 2014

Stop the Ultimatums, Russia Tells Ukraine Protesters

(CNN) -- Ukraine’s President returned to work Monday after four days of sick leave as neighbor Russia called on protesters who have tried to curb his powers to stop their "threats and ultimatums." President Viktor Yanukovych, who went on sick leave last Thursday for "acute respiratory disease," is seeking a way out of a deepening political crisis that has paralyzed Kyiv, the capital...

AL JAZEERA — February 3, 2014

Efforts to Resolve Ukraine Crisis Continue

Western politicians are returning to Ukraine this week to resolve the political crisis that has gripped the country for months, with the US saying it is in preliminary discussions to provide financial aid to the protest-hit country. According to the news agency AFP, the European Union’s head of foreign policy, Catherine Ashton, is in Kyiv to meet with the government and the opposition to try to resolve the stalemate between the two sides...

USA TODAY — February 3, 2014

Europe, U.S. Offer Ukraine Help

KYIV – A joint U.S. and European offer of financial aid to Ukraine may not be the answer to calming weeks of unrest and moving Ukraine out of the Russian orbit, say analysts. But the offer could put President Viktor Yanukovych under increasing pressure to step down, they say...

ASSOCIATED PRESS — February 3, 2014

Ukraine Opposition Wants Constitutional Change

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Leaders of the anti-government protests that have gripped Ukraine’s capital for more than two months say they will seek constitutional changes that will weaken the president’s powers. The changes are expected to be discussed in a Tuesday parliament session that comes as Ukraine’s political crisis wades through a stalemate...

FORBES — February 2, 2014

5 Things You Should Know About Crisis In Ukraine

When President Obama declared support for Ukraine in his State of the Union address, most Americans were probably only vaguely aware of what he was referring to. What is Ukraine? What’s really going on there? After more than a decade of war and more than our share of problems at home, why should we care? And what, if anything, can we do about it? …

THE GUARDIAN — February 2, 2014

Ukraine Stands on the Brink – and Europe Must Bring it Back

This is no velvet revolution, but nor is it an uprising of fascist Cossacks or a zero-sum game with Russia. Europe must intervene on the side of democracy and human rights. Ukraine has not yet died – as the country’s anthem observes. But the face of Ukraine today is that of the bloodied, scarred opposition activist Dmytro Bulatov. Comparisons with Bosnia are still far-fetched, but think of this as a political Chernobyl…

EURONEWS — February 2, 2014

Ukraine: Protesters Fill Kyiv’s Main Square, as President Announces Return to Work

Ukraine’s embattled president has announced that he is returning to work on Monday after four days’ sick leave. It came as thousands of protesters filled Kyiv’s main square – demanding that he give up power…

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL — February 2, 2014

U.S., EU Wade Deeper Into Ukraine Standoff With Aid Plan

The U.S. and European Union are stepping up efforts to sway the outcome of the political crisis in Ukraine, putting together a short-term financial aid plan in a move to counter pressure from Moscow…

TIME — February 1, 2014

How Russia Is Fighting to Regain Control of Ukraine

The Russian blockade began at midnight on Jan. 29. At factories and warehouses across neighboring Ukraine, truckers had picked up their regular haul of cargo that afternoon and made their way to the eastern border. If their radios were tuned to the news as they drove along the icy highways, they would have heard some alarming bulletins…

REUTERS — February 1, 2014

West Presses Ukraine, Offers Treatment to Injured Activist

(Reuters) – Western governments pressed Ukraine’s president to compromise with protesters camped on the streets, prompting a war of words with Russia on Saturday and offering treatment to an opposition activist who says he was tortured…

THE ECONOMIST — January 31, 2014

Praying for Peace

ONLY a few weeks ago the dismissal of the Ukrainian government by President Viktor Yanukovych and his offer to appoint an opposition leader as the country’s new prime minister would have had an electric effect. It would have been cheered by protesters on Kiev’s Independence Square (the Maidan) as an important victory. It might even have persuaded them to unblock the roads in the capital...

BBC — January 31, 2014

Ukraine Activist Says He Was Abducted and Tortured

A leading activist in Ukraine’s street opposition who vanished for eight days says he was abducted and tortured before being left to die in the cold. Dmytro Bulatov, who organised car protests for the opposition camped out in Kiev, is being treated in hospital after being found near the capital...

USA TODAY — January 31, 2014

Amnesty Won’t Stop Protests in Ukraine

KYIV, Ukraine -- Protesters praised President Viktor Yanukovych’s signing into law Friday an amnesty for protesters and a repeal of anti-protest laws but said the move does not change their ultimate goal - Yanukovych’s ouster. "People came out onto the streets not for the amnesty, and not out of desire to riot," said Viktor Andrusiv, a protestor in Kyiv...

REUTERS — January 30, 2014

Ukraine’s Yanukovych Goes on Sick Leave in Midst of Political Crisis

(Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych went on sick leave on Thursday after a bruising session of parliament, leaving a political vacuum in a country threatened with bankruptcy and destabilized by anti-government protests. The 63-year-old president appears increasingly isolated in a crisis born of a tug-of-war between the West and Ukraine’s former Soviet overlord Russia. A former president said this week the violence between demonstrators and police had brought the country to the brink of civil war...

CNN — January 30, 2014

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych Defends Handling of Political Crisis

Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN) -- President Viktor Yanukovych defended his government’s handling of the political crisis in Ukraine on Thursday, saying that it had "fulfilled all its obligations" and that opposition leaders were stoking people’s anger for their own gain. The opposition "continues to escalate the situation" and to encourage people to maintain their protests in the icy streets, he said in an address posted on his website...

BBC — January 30, 2014

Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych Defiant Amid Turmoil

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has insisted that he and his government are doing all they can to solve the crisis in the country. But the political opposition continued to "inflame" the situation, he added. The statement was issued in Ukrainian on the presidential website after weeks of often-violent anti-government protests in Kiev and other cities led to a series of government concessions. It followed an announcement that Mr Yanukovych, 63, was on sick leave...

BBC — January 30, 2014

Ukraine: ‘This Situation has Touched Each of Us’

Since November last year people in Ukraine have taken to the streets in protests. They began when President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision to sign a long-awaited trade deal with the EU in favour of strengthening ties with Russia…

FINANCIAL TIMES — January 29, 2014

Moscow Puts Ukraine Bailout on Hold Until New Cabinet is Formed

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Moscow would wait until Ukraine formed a new government before it fully implemented a $15bn bailout, potentially complicating efforts to resolve a two-month crisis that has brought Ukraine to the brink of civil conflict...

CNN — January 29, 2014

Ukraine Still ‘on the Brink’ as Klitschko Calls Amnesty Proposal ‘Unacceptable’

Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN) – Will giving Ukraine’s anti-government activists amnesty help avert what its first modern-day leader fears will be a civil war? Hardly. Wednesday night’s vote by parliament to let those who have taken to the streets the past two months off the hook is the latest attempt to try to lower the temperature on the crisis in the Eastern European nation...

BBC — January 29, 2014

Ukraine Parliament Passes Protest Amnesty Law

The Ukrainian parliament has passed a law providing amnesty to protesters detained during recent unrest. Opposition parties abstained from voting, in anger at a condition in the bill which means it will only apply if protesters abandon government buildings they have occupied in recent days...

REUTERS — January 29, 2014

Russia to Await New Ukraine Government Before Fully Implementing Rescue – Putin

(Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin raised the pressure on Ukraine on Wednesday, saying Russia would wait until it forms a new government before fully implementing a $15 billion bailout deal that Kyiv urgently needs...

REUTERS — January 29, 2014

Exclusive: U.S. Readies Financial Sanctions Against Ukraine: Congressional Aides

(Reuters) - 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 said on Wednesday. Congressional aides, who asked not to be identified by name because of the sensitive subject, said they had discussed the sanction preparations with administration officials...

THE NEW YORK TIMES — January 29, 2014

Russia Defers Aid to Ukraine, and Unrest Persists

KYIV, Ukraine — A former Ukrainian president warned on Wednesday that the country is now on “the brink of civil war,” and Russia added to the gloom by announcing the suspension of its financial aid package, which was all that had been keeping Ukraine solvent...

THE GUARDIAN — January 29, 2014

Ukraine Considers Amnesty as Former President Warns of Civil War

Ukraine’s parliament is considering measures to grant amnesty to those arrested during weeks of protests, but possibly with conditions attached that would be unacceptable to the opposition. Two amnesty proposals are up for a parliamentary vote on Wednesday, one of which says amnesty would be granted only if demonstrators left the streets and vacated buildings that they occupy...