Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met with his Russian counterpart Friday to discuss closer cooperation while protests clung to the capital over Ukraine’s decision to scrap a deal with the EU.
Ukraine decided independently to abandon a long-anticipated trade deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, denying that Moscow pressured its neighbor into changing direction.
Pro-government demonstrators deployed a new tactic on Friday to counter protests in favor of European integration, marching through the capital, Kiev, to oppose homosexuality, which they said would accompany a greater European Union role in Ukrainian affairs.
European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule will speak at the European Parliament on the Ukrainian question, European Parliament spokesperson Jaume Duch said in Brussels on Friday.
The Ukrainian government's decision to delay the signing of the Ukraine-EU association agreement is consistent with the Ukrainian Constitution and violates nothing. It is based on an assessment of the pros and cons of this step, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
A top Ukrainian official on Thursday rejected the opposition's demand for early presidential elections amid major street protests gripping the country, as Western officials scramble to help work out a solution to the crisis.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday called participation by foreign officials in the political events unfolding in Ukraine "interference", rebuking the German foreign minister for a visit to an opposition protest camp.
Opposition activists continue arriving in Kiev's Maidan. There are now some 1,000 people in the square and more people keep arriving.
Russia’s foreign minister on Thursday harshly criticized the reaction of some countries in the European Union to Ukraine’s decision to suspend landmark deals with the bloc.
Ukrainian pro-Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to crack down "harshly" to enforce a court order that they disperse, Reuters said.
Ukrainian police on Thursday gave demonstrators five days to leave public buildings they have occupied in protest against a government policy lurch back towards Russia, as ministers at a European security conference urged a peaceful end to the confrontation.
Wang Jing, a little known Chinese investor who has a concession to build a waterway in Nicaragua to rival the Panama Canal, announced he was also spearheading a $3 billion project to build a deepwater port in Ukraine.
Ukraine’s opposition leaders, backed by thousands of pro-EU protesters demanding the ousting of Viktor Yanukovich, the president, on Thursday said snap parliamentary elections would not be enough to defuse a deepening stand-off that threatens the country’s fragile financial stability.
The trouble in Ukraine is far from over. On Wednesday protesters occupied the nation’s Central Bank in Kyiv, while still camping around the main government buildings in the country’s capital.
Deals signed on Thursday with China may bring Ukraine about $8 billion in investments, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said, according to Interfax news agency reporting from Beijing.
Western diplomats urged Ukrainian authorities on Thursday to respect the massive protests gripping the country against the government's decision to freeze ties with the EU and turn to Moscow instead.
The mass demonstrations in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev are showing no signs of easing, as the opposition has refused to clear the streets while pro-government supporters continue to gather.
KIEV, Ukraine — The bulletins started arriving from President Viktor F. Yanukovich’s news service at 6 a.m. Ukraine time on Wednesday — not with updates about the besieged public buildings or the occupation of Independence Square here by thousands of protesters — but with news of his visit to the Museum of Qin Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses in Xi’an, China.
Ukraine’s opposition will hold talks tomorrow with President Viktor Yanukovych’s party after thousands of people joined protests against his rejection of a European Union trade pact that paralyzed Kiev.
In most countries, the path from Ernst & Young to helping street protesters attempt to oust a sitting government is not a well-travelled one.
But in Ukraine, a country with a dismal business environment that is being rocked by huge anti-government demonstrations, the route makes perfect sense.
And it is one Roman Tatarsky knows quite well.