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Ukraine: Yanukovych announces “international deal” to end crisis, but gunfire in Kiev

February 21, 2014
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ABC News    

"Ukraine's presidency said Friday that it has negotiated an international deal intended to end battles between police and protesters that have killed scores and injured hundreds. It was unclear whether the deal would appease protesters, and shots rang out Friday morning in central Kiev. President Viktor Yanukovych's office said that the government and the opposition have agreed to initial the deal, reached after all-night negotiations with EU diplomats, at noon local time (1000 GMT). European officials cautioned that it's too early to declare a breakthrough in a standoff that has plunged this country into the deadliest violence it has seen since winning independence from the Soviet Union." (02/21/14)

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Ukraine: Death toll rises as clashes shatter truce

February 20, 2014
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BuzzFeed    

"At least 35 people died in the bloodiest day of clashes here yet Thursday morning, as armed protesters shattered a truce agreed last night between Ukraine’s government and opposition by attacking police and reclaiming Kiev’s central square. Protesters who had held out against police on Independence Square, known as the Maidan, launched an offensive at 7:30 a.m., shooting at police and throwing Molotov cocktails. Fighting then escalated dramatically over the next hour. Riot police returned fire and threw stun grenades before retreating." (02/20/14)

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Ukraine: At least 25 killed as Yanukovich alleges coup attempt

February 19, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"As the death toll in Kiev's violent political confrontation rose dramatically to at least 25 Wednesday, Ukraine's embattled President Victor Yanukovich laid blame for the violence on protest leaders and threatened a tough response. Pointing to continued clashes in Kiev's Independence Square Wednesday morning, Yanukovich accused the opposition of a coup attempt. ... Meanwhile, several thousand riot police were still trying to storm the burning barricades of the protesters' tent camp in Independence Square Wednesday morning." (02/19/14)

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EU urges new government, elections in Ukraine

February 11, 2014
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Baton Rouge Advocate    

"In a sharp rebuke to Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, the European Union on Monday called for the formation of a new, inclusive government and constitutional reforms that would pave the way to 'free and fair presidential elections.' The bloc's 28 foreign ministers said in a joint statement they were 'alarmed by the human rights situation, including violence, cases of missing persons, torture and intimidation' as part of the authorities' crackdown against the ongoing protests, reflecting an 'atmosphere of impunity.'" (02/10/14)

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Ukraine “to scrap” anti-protest law

January 27, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"The Ukrainian president and opposition leaders have agreed to scrap anti-protest laws that had fuelled anger at the government, the presidency says. Viktor Yanukovych also offered an amnesty to protesters, but only if they cleared barricades and stopped attacking government buildings. The president made the offer in talks with the three main opposition leaders. The demonstrators had demanded the protest law be repealed, but they also want Mr Yanukovych to quit. The law was hastily passed in parliament by Yanukovych loyalists on 16 January." (01/27/14)

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Ukraine: Yanukovych calls for calm as Kiev clashes continue

January 21, 2014
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euronews [EU]    

"There was another night of violence in central Kyiv as anti-government protesters continued to battle with police, defying a protest-ban. With tensions high, the two sides confronted each other near the capital’s main government buildings. Protesters hurled missiles at police who in turn tried to clear the area. The dispute which started in November when Ukraine’s president pulled out of a deal with the EU under pressure from Moscow, has now been exacerbated by new legislation cracking down on peaceful protests." (01/21/14)

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Ukraine: Kiev court bans protests, stoking fears of crackdown

January 15, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A court has banned rallies in the center of the Ukrainian capital, raising fears that the government was preparing to tear down a large protest encampment that has been the epicenter of anti-government protests for weeks. The demonstrations broke out in November after President Viktor Yanukovych's abrupt decision to freeze ties with the European Union and seek better ties with Russia instead." (01/15/14)

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Russia offers Ukraine major economic assistance

December 17, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Russia has given Ukraine a discount of almost a third on Russian gas and said it would buy billions of dollars' worth of Ukrainian government bonds. The moves come amid Russian attempts to stop Ukraine moving towards the EU. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said they had not discussed Ukraine joining a Moscow-led customs union. Ukrainian opposition leaders have demanded to know what Mr Yanukovych has offered Moscow in return for the deal." (12/17/13)

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Ukraine: Yanukovych suspends officials over protest crackdown

December 15, 2013
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"In a conciliatory move toward protesters, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has suspended his deputy security council chief and the head of the Kyiv city administration for their suspected involvement in a violent police crackdown on demonstrators last month. Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka announced Saturday that the two officials Volodymyr Syvkovych and Oleksandr Popov, as well as the then-head of Kyiv police and his deputy, are being investigated for allegedly exceeding their authority in connection with the crackdown. The incident occurred in the early hours of November 30, when police used force to disperse a pro-European Union rally in Kyiv." (12/14/13)

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Ukraine: Tymoshenko release hangs in balance

November 13, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"A vote scheduled for Ukraine's parliament, on which hangs the fate of both jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko and Ukraine's EU hopes, may not even take place. Attempts to agree a bill that would allow Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical treatment have stalled. ... The former prime minister, and long time bitter rival of President Yanukovych, has been serving a seven-year jail term since being convicted of abuse of power in 2011 over a controversial gas deal with Russia." (11/13/13)

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Ukraine: High Court postpones Tymoshenko appeal

May 15, 2012
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Agence France-Presse    

"Ukraine's High Court on Tuesday postponed the appeal of ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko against her seven year jail sentence until well after the Euro 2012 football tournament gets under way, to the fury of her defence. ... Tymoshenko's supporters have accused President Viktor Yanukovych of pursuing the case in an act of revenge against his arch political rival while the European Union has also objected that the case is politically motivated." (05/15/12)

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Ukraine postpones summit after 13 EU countries pull out

May 8, 2012
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Guardian [UK]    

"Ukraine has postponed a summit of regional leaders due to take place on Friday following European protests against the treatment of the jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. Ukraine's foreign ministry said on Tuesday it was postponing the meeting at Yalta after Germany, the Czech Republic, Italy and 10 other EU countries pulled out." (05/08/12)

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EU boycotts Ukraine over Tymoshenko treatment

May 3, 2012
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"A threatened EU boycott of Euro 2012 football matches in Ukraine has been denounced by Kiev as a 'destructive' attempt to politicise sport that will hurt mutual understanding and ties. The statement came after the European Union (EU) confirmed all its commissioners would skip next month's football events in the country to protest the treatment of its jailed ex-premier, Yulia Tymoshenko." (05/03/12)

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EU chief Barroso to snub Euro 2012 in Ukraine

April 30, 2012
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Atlantic City Press    

"The chief of the European Union's head office says he will not go to Ukraine during the European soccer championships in June unless there is a swift improvement in the human rights situation there. Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso and other European leaders piled the pressure Monday on the leadership in Kiev in support of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko." (04/30/12)

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Ukraine: Former PM “on hunger strike” after alleged prison beating

April 24, 2012
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Guardian [UK]    

"A lawyer for Ukraine's jailed former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko says she has started a hunger strike after prison guards allegedly beat her. ... Tymoshenko's lawyer, Serhiy Vlasenko, said on Tuesday that prison officials had kicked the former prime minister in the stomach while taking her to the hospital by force." (04/24/12)

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Ukraine: Tymoshenko sentenced to seven years

October 11, 2011
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Reuters    

"A Ukrainian court on Tuesday sentenced former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to seven years in prison for abuse of office in relation to a 2009 gas deal with Russia that she brokered, a case regarded widely in the West as politically orchestrated. ... Tymoshenko's supporters say the trial was part of [Ukrainian president Viktor]Yanukovich's plans to eliminate her as his only real opposition." (10/11/11)

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Ukraine: Opposition clashes with police on Independence Day

August 24, 2011
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RT [Russia]    

"Supporters of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader, former PM Yulia Tymoshenko have clashed with police in the centre of Kiev. The unrest has come as the country is celebrating its 20th anniversary of independence from the USSR. Police cordoned off the central Kreshchatik Street while a march by Tymoshenko supporters was in progress. However, several protesters managed to break through the cordon and began throwing stones and bottles at law enforcers, reported RIA Novosti." (08/24/11)

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Ukraine: Court refuses to let Tymoshenko free

August 9, 2011
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USA Today    

"A Ukrainian court on Monday rejected lawyers' requests to free former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from jail during her abuse of office trial, a case the West has condemned as selective justice. Thousands of supporters and opponents -- some claiming they had been paid to show up -- broke a police chain outside the security-heavy hearing for the country's top opposition leader." (08/08/11)

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Ukraine: Court orders arrest of former prime minister

August 7, 2011
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CNN    

"Dozens of angry supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko took to the streets in the country's capital Kiev following a court decision to take her into custody on Friday, Ukrainian media reported. Judge Rodion Kireyev, presiding in the case of former Ukrainian prime minister in Kiev's Pechersky Court, supported the prosecution's motion for her arrest based on what he described as 'systemic abuses by the defendant' and her 'obstruction of the interrogation of witnesses,' the national UNIAN newswire reported." (08/07/11)

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