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Ukraine alarmed as Putin puts Russian combat troops on high alert

By Alessandra Prentice and Richard Balmforth SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine/KIEV (Reuters) – - President Vladimir Putin put Russian combat troops on high alert for a drill on Wednesday, the Kremlin’s most powerful gesture yet after days of sabre rattling since its ally Viktor Yanukovich was toppled as president of Ukraine. Thousands of…

Revolution in Ukraine … OK. Now what?

February 22, 2014, will go down in Ukrainian history as the day events occurred too rapidly to digest, a fateful 24-hours best encapsulated by the crowds touring President Viktor Yanukovich’s mansion, newly dubbed “Ukraine’s Disneyland”. But if Yanukovich’s opulent compound north of Kiev seemed like a theme park, the political…

Ukraine parliament names acting president, seeks government

Ukraine’s parliament, exercising power since mass protests put the president to flight, named its new speaker as acting head of state on Sunday to replace Viktor Yanukovich and worked to form a new government. In a hectic round of voting in the chamber, near where triumphant but wary protesters remain…

Ukraine to hold early elections after opposition leaders sign peace deal

By Natalia Zinets and Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday, aiming to end a violent standoff that has left dozens dead and opening the way for a early presidential election this year. Russian-backed Yanukovich – under pressure…

Bloodiest day since Soviet times: At least 67 killed in Kiev as riot police fire on protesters

By Richard Balmforth and Alessandra Prentice KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times on Thursday with a gun battle in central Kiev as President Viktor Yanukovich faced conflicting pressures from visiting European Union ministers and his Russian paymasters. Three hours of fierce fighting in Independence Square,…

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich denounces coup bid as West weighs sanctions

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders on Wednesday of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence. European Union leaders said they were urgently preparing targeted sanctions against those responsible for a crackdown…

At least 14 dead as Ukrainian police and protesters continue to battle

By Pavel Polityuk and Marcin Goettig KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian riot police charged protesters occupying a central Kiev square early on Wednesday after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. Police battled their way into Independence…

As Kiev protests turn deadly, boxing champ turned politician Vitali Klitschko vows ‘attack’

Ukrainian opposition leaders issued President Viktor Yanukovich with an ultimatum on Wednesday, threatening to launch an offensive if he does not dismiss the government, call early elections, and repeal legislation limiting acts of protest. The demand came after three of the opposition’s main leaders met with the president for direct…

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