The student leader who claimed to represent young organizers of EuroMaidan, a pro-European and anti-government mass movement, at the national round table on Dec. 13, turned out to be a fake. In fact, he is a representative of Young Regions, the youth wing of pro-presidential Party of Regions.
President Viktor Yanukovych agreed to look into the cases of 10 protesters who were arrested and still in custody after clashes with police during anti-government rallies that have lasted over three weeks, but indicated no other possible exit strategies for the current political gridlock.
Just hours after President Viktor Yanukovych said on Dec 9 he was ready to sit at a round table to find a solution to the current political crisis, the offices of the biggest opposition party, Batkivshchyna, got raided by the police. Several video feeds from security cameras installed in the party headquarters, located on 13 Turivska Street in Kyiv's Podil district, filmed the attack.
A video taken from the top of the Christmas Tree on Maidan Nezalezhnosti, and panoramic photos of central Kyiv, taken by several Russian and Ukrainian teams on Dec. 8, serve as proof of the numbers of people at the peak of protests on Maidan Nezalezhnosti on that day.
The State Security Service (SBU), Ukraine’s KGB-successor agency, is investigating an unspecified number of unnamed politicians for “attempting to seize state power,” its official website states.
On Dec. 3, when the government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament, thousands of infuriated protesters marched towards the presidential administration. A key demand of theirs was for the government to resign after it rejected a far-reaching political and trade deal with the European Union at the last moment. Undeterred, the protesters met face-to-face with rows of riot police, who were just as determined to protect the nation’s top officeholders as the strikers were to defend their rights and rebel against government policies.
Ukraine's three former presidents -- Leonid Kravchuk, Leonid Kuchma and Viktor Yushchenko -- have a message for incumbent Viktor Yanukovych: Find a solution to the political stalemate through talks with Ukrainians.
Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara says that Ukraine has three delegations dispatched to three geopolitical centers of the world this week. They all have a common aim: to bring back new deals and money, but the likelihood of successful missions is low.
The porch of Kyiv City Hall looks very strange indeed. Typically empty and guarded by bored uniformed security officers, it's a buzzing hive of activity now, after it was taken over by anti-government protesters on Dec. 1, along with the Trade Union House on Maidan Nezalezhnosti.
In an attempt to calm markets as thousands of anti-government rallies continued across Ukraine, National Bank Governor Igor Sorkin issued a video statement affirming the stability of the Ukrainian banking system.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov admitted on Dec. 2 that his government was helpless to handle mass protests in the streets of Kyiv that have lasted for more than a week, and said they looked like a coup.
The parliament committe on statehood and self-governance recommended a vote of no-confidence in Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's government, opening the way for a parliamentary vote on the matter on Dec. 3. But Party of Regions faction leader Oleksandr Yefremov said earlier in the day that his faction will not support the motion.
Speaker Volodymyr Rybak called on the government, the opposition and civil society to sit at a roundtable and find a way out of the current political gridlock. "This situation can no longer last, it is hurting the state," he said.
The Interior Ministry said they identified at some of the instigators of clashes that took place in front of the president's administration and other government buildings, the ministry said in a statement.
About a hundred policemen sustained injuries as a result of attacks by the protesters, according to the city police. They are not reporting the numbers of injured protesters, but eyewitness, photo and video accounts of demonstrations on Dec. 1 suggest that there might have been hundreds of people injured.
Despite clear video and eyewitness evidence of excessive use of force by the police in breaking up a peaceful pro-European demonstration on Nov. 30, Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko told American and European ambassadors to Ukraine that the police were provoked by protesters.