MOSCOW, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s President Viktor
Yanukovich has secured a $15 billion bailout from Russia,
offering respite for an economy heading ever closer to default
but also drawing accusations he has sold his country out to its
former Soviet master.
By grasping the lifeline thrown by Russian leader Vladimir
Putin, Yanukovich reignited demands for his resignation by
opponents at home already enraged by his decision to walk away
from a trade and political deal with the European Union.
MOSCOW, Dec 17 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s president could secure
loans from Russia on Tuesday when he meets Vladimir Putin at the
Kremlin – money that could help fend off economic crisis as
anti-government protests continue in Kiev.
Demonstrators demanding that Viktor Yanukovich step down
after he spurned a trade and investment deal with the European
Union last month plan a new show of force in Ukraine’s capital
on Tuesday as the president meets his Russian counterpart.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia signaled on Monday it was about to agree a loan deal with Ukraine to help its indebted neighbor stave off economic chaos and keep it in its former Soviet master’s orbit.
In snowbound Kiev, the opposition went ahead with plans for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after he backed away from a landmark deal with the European Union that would have shifted their country westwards.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia signaled on Monday it was about to agree a loan and gas deal with Ukraine to help Kiev stave off economic chaos and keep it in its former Soviet master’s orbit.
In Kiev, the opposition went ahead with preparations for another big rally for Tuesday against what they see as moves by President Viktor Yanukovich to sell out national interests to Russia after backing away from a landmark deal with the European Union that would have shifted their country westwards.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin made a new attempt to woo Ukraine on Thursday after the European Union and United States stepped up efforts to pull Kiev out of its former Soviet master’s orbit.
A day after European and U.S. officials held talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich in Kiev, Putin used a state of the nation address to tout the economic benefits of joining a customs union that he wants Ukraine to be part of.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ukraine is descending into anarchy and civil war. Economic collapse, even partition looms for a Russian ally enmeshed by a conspiracy involving the United States, the EU, Sweden, Poland, Lithuania. That at least is the view Russians might well get, watching state media coverage of events in Kiev.
Russian state media, the dominant force under Vladimir Putin’s presidency, has broadcast a consistent message of caution to the domestic audience and to millions across Ukraine who understand Russian and can receive Russian television.
MOSCOW, Dec 9 (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin tightened
his control over Russia’s media on Monday by dissolving the main
state news agency and replacing it with an organisation that is
to promote Moscow’s image abroad.
The move to abolish RIA Novosti and create a news agency to
be known as Rossiya Segodnya is the second in two weeks
strengthening Putin’s hold on the media as he tries to reassert
his authority after protests against his rule.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Protests by hundreds of thousands of people in Ukraine against their leaders’ U-turn over Europe have sent a warning to Vladimir Putin that the battle over the former Soviet republic’s future is far from over.
For once, matters may be largely out of the Russian leader’s hands: he appears to have little left in his political armory to woo Ukraine, especially if the protesters oust President Viktor Yanukovich or persuade him to change tack again.
MOSCOW, Nov 29 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s refusal to sign a trade
pact drawing it into Europe’s orbit marked a victory for
Vladimir Putin, winning him time to lure Kiev into a project for
a trade and political bloc stretching from the frontiers of
China to the edge of the EU.
The Russian president sees his “Eurasian Union”, in which
Ukraine would play a central role, as a future rival to China,
the United States and the European Union. Some say he sees it as
the president’s personal political legacy – a strong force
emerging from the ashes of the old Soviet Union.
MOSCOW/KIEV, Nov 22 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s abrupt decision to
return to Mother Russia’s bear hug after a flirtation with
western Europe can be traced back to a secretive meeting of
their two presidents two weeks ago.
The country of 46 million, squeezed between the European
Union and Russia, on Thursday froze plans to sign a trade pact
with the EU which would have marked a historic shift away from
its former Soviet masters in Moscow.