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Mar 9, 2014

National hero Shevchenko fails to unite Ukrainians and Russians

KIEV (Reuters) – When President Vladimir Putin visited Ukraine a decade ago, he recited four lines of verse by national poet Taras Shevchenko to show his love of Russia’s fellow Slavs and neighbors.

Two years ago, Putin announced with great fanfare after talks with Ukraine’s president that their two countries would celebrate the 200th anniversary of Shevchenko’s birth together.

Mar 9, 2014

Putin foe Khodorkovsky says Russia is lying about Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) – Former oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky, addressing thousands of people at the cradle of the uprising against Ukraine’s Moscow-backed leader, accused Russia on Sunday of being complicit in police violence against protesters.

To chants of “Russia, rise up”, Khodorkovsky, who was jailed for a decade under President Vladimir Putin, told the crowd the Kremlin was lying to its own people by portraying the protesters as “neo-fascists” bent on violence.

Mar 8, 2014

Mickey Mouse and armed men: surreal scenes on Kiev protest square

KIEV (Reuters) – Two weeks after Ukraine’s president was overthrown, the cradle of the uprising is a surreal place as children play alongside diehard protesters still dressed in combat gear.

Dozens of people were killed last month defending the barricades and fortified tent camp in Kiev’s Independence Square, some of them shot by snipers in bloody clashes.

Mar 7, 2014

Europe alarmed as pro-Russia leaders squeeze Crimea media

KIEV (Reuters) – When journalists in Crimea complained of a creeping climate of fear under the region’s new pro-Russia rulers, a top European official on media freedoms went to investigate.

She was greeted on the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula by a hostile crowd holding anti-Western placards outside a building where she met local media chiefs.

Mar 6, 2014

Big power talks on Ukraine crisis make little progress

PARIS/KIEV (Reuters) – High-level diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine made little apparent headway at talks in Paris on Wednesday with Moscow and Washington at odds and Russia’s foreign minister refusing to recognize his Ukrainian counterpart.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said discussions would continue in the coming days in an attempt to stabilize the crisis and he expected to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov again in Rome on Thursday.

Mar 5, 2014

Russia rebuffs West on Crimea amid Paris talks

PARIS/KIEV, March 5 (Reuters) – Russia rebuffed Western
demands to withdraw forces in Ukraine’s Crimea region to their
bases on Wednesday amid a day of high-stakes diplomacy in Paris
aimed at easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of
war.

The European Union offered Ukraine’s new pro-Western
government 11 billion euros in financial aid in the next couple
of years provided Kiev reaches a deal with the International
Monetary Fund. Germany, the EU’s biggest economy, also promised
bilateral financial help.

Mar 5, 2014

Russia rebuffs West on Crimea ahead of Paris talks

PARIS/KIEV, March 5 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it
could not order “self-defence” forces in Ukraine’s Crimea region
back to their bases ahead of crucial ministerial talks in Paris
aimed at easing tensions of over Ukraine and averting the risk
of war.

The European Union meanwhile offered Ukraine’s new
pro-Western government 11 billion euros in financial aid in the
next couple of years provided Kiev reaches a deal with the
International Monetary Fund.

Mar 5, 2014

Russia says can’t control Crimea troops ahead of U.S. talks

PARIS/KIEV, March 5 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday it
could not order “self-defence” forces in Crimea back to their
bases ahead of the first face-to-face talks with the United
States on easing tensions over Ukraine and averting the risk of
war.

Russia and the West are facing the most serious
confrontation since the end of the Cold War over influence in
Ukraine, a major commodities exporter and strategic link between
East and West.

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. and Russia set for talks on Ukraine tension

PARIS/KIEV (Reuters) – The United States and Russia will hold talks on easing East-West tension over Ukraine on Wednesday as the West steps up efforts to persuade Moscow to pull its forces back to base in Crimea and avert the risk of a war.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet face-to-face for the first time since the crisis escalated, after a conference in Paris attended by all five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Feb 27, 2014

Ukraine PM says $37 billion went missing under Yanukovich

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new prime minister said on Thursday loans worth $37 billion had gone missing from state coffers during ousted President Viktor Yanukovich’s rule, and warned that unpopular measures were needed to salvage the economy.

With the hryvnia currency in freefall and concerns about the low level of foreign currency reserves growing, Arseny Yatseniuk said the country urgently needed loans from the International Monetary Fund, which is visiting Kiev next week.

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      "Timothy Heritage is Brussels Bureau Chief and European Affairs Editor, responsible for coverage of the European Union. He has previously been based in Moscow, Jerusalem, Paris, London, Warsaw and Belgrade, covering events ranging from the fall of Communism and conflict in the Balkans and Middle East to the euro zone debt crisis."
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