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Here are some examples: The Crimean parliament asked Russia for “support, help and defense of its autonomy.” The national currency started tumbling at the same time, while parliament bickered without solving the political crisis. A new radical group has formed in eastern Ukraine’s Kharkiv. Called Ukrainian Front, it claimed it was ready to free the nation of fascist conquerors from western Ukraine, a euphemism for EuroMaidan protesters, who are also becoming more radicalized.

In Munich, Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara said that abducted AutoMaidan activist, Dmytro Bulatov, was in fine physical shape and only had a scratch on his cheek. The scratch had needed 12 stitches to patch, and Bulatov was barely conscious as Kozhara spoke. Moreover, police tried to arrest Bulatov from his hospital bed, before he was squired away to Lithuania for treatment.

Against this backdrop, First Deputy Prime Minister Serhiy Arbuzov said the country is getting better. “In general, the heat of the conflict is going down, and the executive power has to support the process of stabilization in the country,” he said at a government meeting on Feb. 5.

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