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Feb 26, 2014

Ukraine wants fugitive president to face Hague court

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament voted on Tuesday to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovich to the International Criminal Court, while his acting successor expressed concern about “signs of separatism” in Russian-speaking Crimea.

A resolution, overwhelmingly supported by parliament, linked Yanukovich, who was ousted by the legislature on Saturday and is now on the run, to police violence against protesters which it said had led to the deaths of more than 100 citizens of Ukraine and other states.

Feb 25, 2014

Ukraine wants runaway president to face international justice

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament voted on Tuesday to send fugitive President Viktor Yanukovich to be tried by the International Criminal Court for “serious crimes” committed during violent anti-government protests in which scores were killed.

A resolution, overwhelmingly supported by the assembly, linked Yanukovich, who was ousted on Saturday and is now on the run, to police violence against protesters which it said had led to the deaths of more than 100 citizens from Ukraine and other states.

Feb 24, 2014

Ukraine calls for urgent Western aid after Yanukovich ousted

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine appealed for urgent international aid on Monday after the fall of Russian-backed president Viktor Yanukovich cast doubt on a bailout deal with Moscow, saying it needed $35 billion over the next two years.

With acting President Oleksander Turchinov warning that Ukraine was close to default and “heading into the abyss”, the United States and European Union said they were looking at how to help Kiev.

Feb 24, 2014

Ukraine calls for urgent aid after Yanukovich ousted

KIEV (Reuters) – Cash-strapped Ukraine appealed for urgent financial assistance on Monday to prevent a default, saying it needed $35 billion over two years to stop the economy “heading into the abyss”.

In one of its first moves since the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich, the country’s new leadership under Acting President Oleksander Turchinov called for an international donors’ conference and said it needed aid in the next week or two.

Feb 24, 2014

Sochi Games over, will Putin take the gloves off?

By Timothy Heritage

(Reuters) – For more than two weeks while Russia hosted the Winter Olympics, President Vladimir Putin did his best to show the world that he and his country have a soft side.

Now the Sochi Games are over, Western governments are concerned the smile will disappear and the gloves come off in Russia’s tug-of-war with Europe over the fate of Ukraine.

Feb 24, 2014

Olympics-Sochi Games over, will Putin take the gloves off?

Feb 24 (Reuters) – For more than two weeks while Russia hosted the Winter Olympics, President Vladimir Putin did his best to show the world that he and his country have a soft side.

Now the Sochi Games are over, Western governments are concerned the smile will disappear and the gloves come off in Russia’s tug-of-war with Europe over the fate of Ukraine.

Feb 23, 2014

Russia’s Putin faces tough choices over Ukraine

KIEV (Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin faces a decision over Ukraine that is likely to shape his political legacy as well as the future of Russia’s western neighbor, trapped in an East-West battle that has echoes of the Cold War.

President Viktor Yanukovich’s loss of power deprives Putin of an ally vital to his hopes of keeping Ukraine, the cradle of Russian civilization, in what he sees as Russia’s orbit.

Feb 23, 2014

After day of drama, who rules Ukraine?

KIEV (Reuters) – After a day of high drama in which Ukraine’s parliament voted to oust the president, who was left ruling the country?

According to the parliament, it was certainly not Viktor Yanukovich. Shortly after the appointment of a speaker hostile to him, the assembly voted Yanukovich out of office on Saturday and called a presidential election for May 25.

Feb 22, 2014

Tension turns to triumph for Ukrainian protesters

KIEV (Reuters) – The Ukrainian parliament’s vote to oust President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday was the end of a journey for Vasily Lyubarets that began in Salt Lake City 18 months ago.

The relief and joy that swept protesters camped out on Kiev’s Independence Square reminded the veteran of Moscow’s Afghan war of the emotions he felt on the day the Soviet Union died in 1991.

Feb 22, 2014

Ukraine parliament removes Yanukovich, who flees Kiev in “coup”

KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s parliament voted on Saturday to remove President Viktor Yanukovich from office, hours after he abandoned his Kiev office to protesters and denounced what he described as a coup.

The apparent toppling of the pro-Russian leader looks likely to dramatically alter the future of the former Soviet republic of 46 million people, pulling it closer to Europe and away from Moscow’s orbit.

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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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