Editor's Note: The Kyiv Post is providing continuous coverage of the protests in Kyiv and other cities following the government's decision on Nov. 21 to stop European Union integration and end pursuit of an association agreement. The rallies started on Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and are continuing after the Nov. 28-29 summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, at which Ukraine and the EU failed to reach any agreement. The events can be followed on Twitter using hashtags #euromaidan and #євромайдан or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EuroMaydan.
Washington, along with Brussels, is continuing to support Ukraine on its European path, State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf has said.
Vitali Klitschko, the reigning WBC heavyweight champion and leader of the Ukrainian opposition party UDAR, discussed the situation in Ukraine with former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and former Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat over a cup of coffee at a cafe on Independence Square in Kyiv.
The participants in an OSCE Ministerial Council meeting in Kyiv failed to adopt a document concerning the protection of journalists' rights, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara of Ukraine, the country holding the OSCE chairmanship in 2013, said at a press conference on Friday.
A secret meeting between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Sochi on Dec. 6 has fueled speculation as to whether a deal was made for Ukraine at a later date to join the Kremlin-led Customs Union.
Russia was the only participating country out of 57 to oppose a decision on the protection of journalists at an Organization for Security and Cooperation meeting taking place in Kyiv on Dec. 5-6.
KHARKIV - Incarceration is said to leave you with a feeling of helplessness and vulnerability. But the truth of life for a political prisoner, even forone on a hunger strike, is the opposite. As a prisoner, I have been forced to focus on what is essential about myself, my political beliefs, and my country. So I can almost feel the presence of the brave women and men, oldand young, who have gathered in Kyiv and other Ukrainian cities to defendtheir dreams of a democratic and European future. In prison, your hopes and dreams become your reality.
SAME places. Same slogans (“Thieves Out!”). Same icy weather. Same villain: Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine’s thuggish president. The protesters in Kiev want him out, just as the Orange revolutionaries of 2004 wanted an election that had been rigged in his favour to be annulled. Outsiders may be tempted to think that the current turmoil is simply a rerun of the previous bout, and is likewise destined to end peacefully. But the latest stand-off is far more volatile—and much too dangerous for the West to watch blithely as it develops.
As the OSCE foreign ministers gather in Kiev, the outcome of the protests in Ukraine is uncertain. It would be foolish to make predictions. President Yanukovych is exploring re-negotiation with the EU; the opposition is getting more organised. A violent crackdown is still a possibility; some are defecting from the regime, but there are also some signs that the regime is re-consolidating itself. But after several days of mass street protests, it is a good time to think about some general issues.
Editor's Note: The following are remarks by Victoria Nuland, assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Europe and European Affairs during the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's Ministerial Council meeting in Kyiv Dec. 5-6.
The presidents of Ukraine and Russia met in the Russian southern Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the drafting of a strategic partnership agreement, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told the foreign mass media.
Since Nov. 21, the Ukrainian people have been demonstrating for greater European integration instead of returning to Russia’s sphere of influence. President Viktor Yanukovych lit the spark by reneging, at the 11th hour, on a deal with Europe. To achieve its goals the Ukraine-wide demonstrations need a plan and lightning-speed action. Dragged-out revolutions tend to dissipate or recall Tiananmen Square or Syria. The regime of President Viktor Yanukovych is counting on that.
(Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich met Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday to lay the grounds for a new "strategic partnership" to shore up Ukraine's creaking economy in defiance of protesters back home enraged by his U-turn away from Europe.
If current conditions in Ukraine look revolutionary to you, that’s because the Yanukovych regime has maneuvered the country and itself into a series of reinforcing crises. If the regime holds on to power, the crises will only deepen. If the opposition comes to power, with or without Regionnaire participation, it will face monumental tasks requiring almost superhuman wisdom and skill. In a word, whatever the denouement of the ongoing standoff between opposition and regime in Kyiv, Ukraine will be a mess for some time to come.
For the first time in years, Ukrainians have to watch TV to know what’s going on. The four major TV channels have, at least for now, eased their censorship of the news to report objectively about Kyiv’s massive protests. They are also owned by the country’s richest men, acting as weathervanes for which way the political winds are blowing.
Ukraine rescued West Europeans when it did not sign the agreement on association with the EU". That's according to the political experts of Postglobalization Initiative. On Friday, they presented their report on Ukraine, the EU and Transatlantic integration at the ITAR-TASS news agency in Moscow. Radio VR’s correspondent Artyom Tikhomirov attended the presentation.
Kyiv is the stage for Ukraine's political drama, but the script was written in its borderlands.
While the capital is convulsed by protests, the East-West tensions tugging at Ukraine are perhaps felt most in Donetsk and Lviv, two cities more than 1,000 km (600 miles) apart which are divided by history and - for some - a sense of the future.
KYIV — In August of last year, Mikhail Saakashivili was cruising to what looked like an easy election victory. Today, he travels Europe, cut loose from Georgian politics after one decade as President.
What made the difference?
KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 6 (UPI) -- Ukraine's pro-EU campaigners promised more protests as the presidents of Ukraine and Russia met Friday in the southern Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi, talks that were previously unannounced.
KIEV, Ukraine — They are not sleeping in tents in Independence Square, but Ukraine’s ultra-wealthy businessmen, known as the oligarchs, perhaps pose as grave a threat to President Viktor F. Yanukovich as the demonstrators on the streets of this capital city.