Editor's Note: Anti-government EuroMaidan demonstrations began in Ukraine on Nov. 21, triggered by President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to abandon closer ties with the European Union in favor of Russia, which in December offered him a $15 billion bailout and 33 percent discount on imported natural gas. The demonstrations turned deadly on Jan. 22, when at least three protesters were killed by gunshot during a police assault on the crowd. The standoff remains on Hrushevskoho Street near Dynamo Stadium, on Independence Square in Kyiv and the protests have spread throughout the nation.
The headquarters of five local administrations and the session room of a regional legislature remain occupied by protesters, Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office said on Wednesday.
Brussels – The chairperson-in-office of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Didier Burkhalter, has hailed Sunday's move by protesters to vacate the Kyiv city administration building.
Ukrainian opposition activist who fled to Germany after being abducted and tortured last month says he may seek political asylum in the European Union.
Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General says a conditional amnesty law that exempts detained protesters from criminal charges will be implemented on Feb. 17.
The office of Prosecutor-General Viktor Pshonka announced late on Feb. 16 that the Interior Ministry had confirmed protesters have met all the conditions necessary to bring the amnesty law into effect.
There's nothing like an old-fashioned expletive to add spice to a transatlantic difference of opinion.
But when US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland was caught using the "F-word" on an unsecure telephone line to disparage European Union policy on Ukraine, it highlighted the fact that neither Washington nor Brussels has much of a strategy for handling the crisis in the former Soviet republic.
The crisis in the Ukraine has increased the risks to Russia's already weakening economy presented by currency depreciation and capital flight, Fitch Ratings has said. The situation is still highly unpredictable but Russia's sovereign credit profile is robust and events so far do not have implications for the country's 'BBB' rating, Fitch said.
WASHINGTON — Since the first major protests in Kiev that triggered the current crisis with Moscow, American intelligence agencies have been on high alert for cyberattacks aimed at the new government in Ukraine. They were a bit late: the attacks started long before President Viktor F. Yanukovych was forced from office, and as might be expected, no one can quite pinpoint who is behind them, although some suspicion is falling on Russia.
Ukrainian riot police advanced on the heart of 12-week-old protests against President Viktor Yanukovich on Tuesday and security forces set a deadline to end disturbances after at least five protesters were reported killed in a day of clashes.
Brussels - European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton hailed Sunday's evacuation of the Kyiv City Administration building by pro-EU protesters and urged the Ukrainian government to quash all criminal actions against pro-EU activists..
President Viktor Yanukovych appears to be inching closer to a deal with the less militant wing in the opposition to make the amnesty law work, and even try to form a broad coalition government next week.
An 11 p.m. on Feb. 18, an emergency meeting had been scheduled between President Viktor Yanukovych and the nation's three opposition political leaders to resolve an escalating crisis that is bringing the nation closer to the brink of a civil war. But it was unclear whether the meeting would take place amid the ongoing violence on Independence Square.
The last of the 234 protesters in Ukraine were released from custody on Feb. 14, the national resistance headquarters has reported.
On Friday night, when Russian troops began storming the command center of Ukraine’s air defenses in the region of Crimea, the hundred or so soldiers barricaded inside had orders not to open fire. Half of them locked themselves inside a bunker at the far end of the base, which stretches about two kilometers along the Black Sea coast. The other half stood and watched as about two dozen Russian commandos forced their way inside. Their only means of self-defense was to form a human chain behind the main gate, hoping that the Russian truck would not drive over them as it rammed its way through the iron bars. “We are not allowed to use our weapons,” says Major Vladimir Yaremchuk, who was at the base that night. “But those guys came here armed to the teeth.”
A change of power in any country must be held in accordance with the law, but what happened in Ukraine cannot be called constitutional, State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said.
Two issues will be considered at an extraordinary session of the Crimean Supreme Council: a Crimean referendum and government reports, Crimean Parliament Chairman Volodymyr Konstantynov said.
Moscow - Ukrainian citizens should have a chance to decide the future of their country in free elections but this future cannot be built on violence and extremism, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said.
Inspired by the anti-government protests in Kyiv, illustrator Oleksander Komyahov and journalist Andrey Pryimachenko started an art project that portrays what they deem to be typical characters of EuroMaidan.
The Verkhovna Rada has slated early elections for Kyiv City Council deputies and Kyiv mayor for May 25, 2014, simultaneously with snap presidential elections.
As police began a crackdown on peaceful pro-European protests in central Kiev last November, Craig Stoddard, armed with his smartphone, took to the streets.
Soon, what had begun as a reaction to a government shift away from European integration had grown into a wider protest against the rule of President Viktor Yanukovych. Thousands of people from all over Ukraine descended on the so-called Euromaidan protest camp in Kiev.
As the violence intensified and as global media outlets slowly descended on Kiev, Stoddard, an American who works in Kiev as an English teacher, was amassing a small library of daily videos on his YouTube channel.