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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...

THE NEW YORK TIMES — January 28, 2014

Ukraine’s Uncertainties Include Financial Aid

KYIV, Ukraine — As Ukraine’s political crisis has deepened, an economic question looms: Will Russia continue to bail out the country if it again tilts to the West?After months of protests, and the resignation Tuesday of the country’s prime minister, the opposition in Ukraine appears closer than ever to achieving its goals, chief among them compelling the government to reject trade and aid deals with Russia and to turn to the European Union instead. But that political victory might quickly turn into an economic crisis...

BBC — January 28, 2014

Ukraine’s PM Azarov and Government Resign

Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted the resignation of the prime minister and his cabinet amid continuing anti-government protests. Mykola Azarov had offered to step down as prime minister to create "social and political compromise"...

CNN — January 28, 2014

Ukraine Government Resigns, Parliament Scraps Anti-Protest Laws Amid Crisis

Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government Tuesday, amid a political crisis fired by violent protests on the country’s streets. Azarov and his Cabinet will continue in their roles until a new government is formed, a notice on the presidential website said...

REUTERS — January 28, 2014

Ukraine PM Resigns Amid Unrest, Parliament Revokes Anti-Protest Laws

(Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigned on Tuesday while deputies loyal to President Viktor Yanukovych, acting to calm violent street protests, back-tracked and overturned anti-protest laws they rammed through parliament 12 days ago...

FINANCIAL TIMES — January 28, 2014

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov Resigns

Mykola Azarov, Ukraine’s prime minister, resigned on Tuesday and was replaced by his deputy in the latest attempt by the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych to defuse an escalating two-month stand-off with anti-government protesters...

AL JAZEERA — January 27, 2014

Ukraine Minister Warns of State of Emergency

Ukraine’s justice minister is threatening to call for a state of emergency after demonstrators occupied the Justice Ministry and protests demanding the president’s resignation spread. Tensions remained high in Kiev on Monday as several dozen protesters from a group named Spilna Sprava (The Right Deed) seized control of the ministry building late on Sunday, smashing windows and erecting barricades outside...

BBC — January 27, 2014

Ukraine Protests ’Spread’ Into Russia-Influenced East

Protests in Ukraine are spreading further outside Kiev, with reports of unrest in the east, north and south. Activists besieged government buildings and in some cities clashed with riot police. In the capital, protesters took over the justice ministry. The fresh unrest comes after opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk rejected President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer to appoint him prime minister...

THE NEW YORK TIMES — January 26, 2014

Ukraine Protests Spread as Overture Is Spurned

KYIV, Ukraine — After President Viktor F. Yanukovych failed to defuse Ukraine’s political crisis by offering concessions to opposition leaders, antigovernment protests spread on Sunday into southern and eastern Ukraine, the heart of the embattled president’s political base...

FORBES — January 26, 2014

The Good Guys Have A Real Chance in Ukraine

As the two months of street demonstrations escalate in Kiev and spread throughout Ukraine, the anti-government forces’s chances of unseating unpopular president, Viktor Yanukovych, grow. A victory of the loose alliance of pro-Western and nationalist forces in Ukraine would be Vladimir Putin’s first defeat after successfully running circles around Europe and the United States for years...

BBC — January 26, 2014

Ukraine Crisis: Opposition Rejects Offer of PM Post

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk says protests will continue after he rejected President Viktor Yanukovych’s offer to appoint him as prime minister of the country. Mr Yatsenyuk said the opposition was generally ready to accept leadership, but several key demands must be met, including new elections...

REUTERS — January 26, 2014

New Clashes as Ukraine’s President Tries to Tempt Opposition

(Reuters) - Police clashed with protesters in central Kyiv on Sunday and the fate of Ukraine’s government was uncertain after embattled President Viktor Yanukovych offered important posts to opposition leaders, including the role of prime minister...

EUOBSERVER — January 25, 2014

’Overwhelming Majority’ of EU Countries Against Ukraine Sanctions

BRUSSELS - An “overwhelming majority” of EU countries believe the time is not right to talk of sanctions on Ukraine. Lithuania was the only one who said the EU foreign service should draft a list of potential sanctions at a meeting of the bloc’s Political and Security Committee in Brussels on Thursday (23 January)...

FOX NEWS — January 24, 2014

Ukrainian Protesters Occupy Government Buildings, Raising Pressure on President

Protesters on Friday seized a government building in the Ukrainian capital while also maintaining their siege of several’ offices in the country’s west, raising the pressure on the government...

CNN — January 24, 2014

Ukraine: No deal in Talks Between Government and Protesters

Kyiv, Ukraine (CNN) -- A second round of talks Thursday between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and opposition leaders were fruitless, but both parties decided to keep talking...