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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.

Feb 22, 2014

Yanukovich abandons Kiev compound, opposition demands vote by May

KIEV (Reuters) – Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader’s grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the capital.

Protesters entered the president’s compound in the capital and were controlling the entrance, a Reuters reporter said at the scene. Security guards were present inside the building but were not trying to expel the protesters.

Feb 19, 2014

Worried by Ukraine violence, Russia ponders next steps

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Ukrainian protester lobs a burning petrol bomb into a doorway, a police officer writhes in agony on the ground, smoke and flames rise from burning barricades.

Footage of violence in the Ukrainian capital was beamed almost non-stop into Russian homes by state television on Wednesday, accompanied by apocalyptic warnings of civil war next door and accusations of meddling by foreign states.

Feb 17, 2014

Russian police detain solo protester in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Russian police on Monday detained a man for protesting in Sochi against the jailing of an environmentalist angered by Olympic construction work.

David Khakim was led away by police after holding up a placard saying “Freedom for Yevgeny Vitishko” beside a sign depicting the Olympic Games logo near the city administration’s offices.

Feb 17, 2014

Olympics-Russian police detain solo protester in Sochi

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 17 (Reuters) – Russian police on Monday detained a man for protesting in Sochi against the jailing of an environmentalist angered by Olympic construction work.

David Khakim was led away by police after holding up a placard saying “Freedom for Yevgeny Vitishko” beside a sign depicting the Olympic Games logo near the city administration’s offices.

Feb 16, 2014

Russia’s Putin basks in the glory of the Games

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin says sport and politics do not mix but his actions at the Winter Olympics suggest the opposite.

When he was not watching ice hockey in Sochi at the weekend, the Russian president was doing the diplomatic rounds, dropping in on foreign teams, sipping wine or tea with them, talking sport – and building bridges.

Feb 16, 2014

Olympics-Russia’s Putin basks in the glory of the Games

SOCHI, Russia, Feb 16 (Reuters) – Vladimir Putin says sport and politics do not mix but his actions at the Winter Olympics suggest the opposite.

When he was not watching ice hockey in Sochi at the weekend, the Russian president was doing the diplomatic rounds, dropping in on foreign teams, sipping wine or tea with them, talking sport – and building bridges.

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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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