DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine - Some 3,000 protesters gathered on March 9 in the center of the eastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk to celebrate the 200th anniversary of national hero Taras Shevchenko's birth and to protest Russian military aggression in Crimea.
Ukraine will sign the political part of an association agreement with European Union within the next few weeks, according to Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk, with the free trade agreement coming later.
On the same day that Russian President Vladimir Putin called him an illegitimate leader, interim Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk made a plea for national unity and renewed his demand that the Kremlin withdraw its military from Russian-occupied Crimea.
Igor Kolomoisky, 51, oligarch and Ukraine's third richest person with an estimated fortune of $2.4 billion, arrived in Dnipropetrovsk to take charge as the regional governor of the nation's second most populous oblast with 3.3 million people.
Interim Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov has called on the nation not to panic about Russian military troops invading Crimea.
Many of Crimea's 2.2 million people are not only heeding Turchynov's call, they are celebrating the curious arrival of the neighboring country's soldiers by taking pictures with the troops or making them tea. Many others, however, regard friendliness with the Kremlin invaders as treason.
It's fair to say that most Ukrainians want their national sovereignty and territory respected by the international community, including their Russian neighbors.
Overthrown Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, wanted for mass murder and stealing as much as $70 billion from Ukraine in the last three years, remains defiant as a fugitive from justice.
A non-profit online television station Hromadske TV got airtime for the first time since it was launched in November 2013.
When journalists entered the inner sanctum of the luxurious Mezhyhirya mansion where fugitive ex-President Viktor Yanukovych lived, they found he wasn’t living there alone – or with his wife of 42 years, Liudmyla, Ukraine’s former first lady.
In one of the greatest political reversals of all-time, President Viktor Yanukovych was stopped leaving Ukraine on a Donetsk tarmac while his imprisoned rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, was set free from prison by parliament and whisked to a waiting crowd of more than 100,000 people on Kyiv's Independence Square who listened attentively to the ex-prime minister.
When EuroMaidan protests were still in their infancy, 150 activists took to the streets of Toronto on Nov. 24, singing the Ukrainian anthem and giving interviews to local news stations. But 12 weeks later, on Feb. 6, the protest in Toronto was very different.
Andriy Parubiy, the security chief of EuroMaidan, instructed the protesters on Feb. 7 to accept no objects from people they don't know, no matter how well-meaning they may seem. His warning came a day after an explosion that left a young man and a teenager crippled for life when they opened a box they thought contained donations of medical supplies.
When a stranger called EuroMaidan volunteer Yusif Mirishov and invited him to take shower at his apartment, he agreed at once.
Several thousand anti-government protesters clashed with police and “titushki” – government-hired thugs – in eastern Ukrainian cities Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhya to violently suppress protests on Jan. 26.
For nearly two days, the enraged protests on Hrushevskoho Street in Kyiv looked like a stuck video playing the same scene over and over again: young, masked men advanced toward barricaded police and tossed bricks and Molotov cocktails at them, then retreated amid smoke and explosions from the stun and tear gas grenades used in retaliation.
Journalist and opposition activist Tetyana Chornovol said on Jan. 19 that she thinks the reason that she was assaulted Dec. 24 was her investigation of the construction of a new mansion for President Viktor Yanukovych.
Things can turn funny when a foreigner is dropped into a completely alien culture. Maryna Yer Horbach, 32, took that idea, added an inter-ethnic love story and turned the concoction into a movie.
A teenager who ran away from home and a 54-year-old man remain the only persons on a list of missing EuroMaidan activists circulated after a violent police crackdown on Nov. 30 on Kyiv's Independence Square. However, there are indications that the two are very much alive and, moreover, that they were not active participants in EuroMaidan.