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Crimea votes for independence from Ukraine ahead of referendum to join Russia

Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula voted on Tuesday for full independence from Ukraine ahead of a referendum to join Russia while France threatened sanctions against Moscow as early as this week. The latest escalation of Europe’s worst crisis in decades came moments after ousted pro-Kremlin leader Viktor Yanukovych defiantly vowed to return…

Swiss launch criminal probe against Ukraine’s Yanukovych, assets frozen

Judicial authorities in Geneva said Friday they have launched a criminal investigation into alleged money laundering by ousted Ukrainian leader Viktor Yanukovych and his son. The Swiss government also announced it was freezing the assets of 20 Ukranian officials, including Yanukovych and his son and a number of former ministers.…

Manhunt for ex-Ukrainian President Yanukovych reaches his birthplace

A thin wisp of smoke rises from a chimney in the barricaded residential complex of deposed president Viktor Yanukovych in the eastern city of Donetsk, but Ukraine’s most famous fugitive is nowhere to be seen. The mystery of the former president’s whereabouts has gripped the nation since he fled the…

Ukraine issues warrant for ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych for ‘mass murder’

Ukraine issued an arrest warrant Monday for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych over the "mass murder" of protesters and appealed for $35 billion in Western aid to pull the ex-Soviet country back from the brink of economic collapse. The dramatic announcements……

Shocking opulence revealed as Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych flees home

A vast country estate, marble-lined mansions, a private golf course and zoo: the unimaginable luxury of the private residence of departed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was flung open for all to see. As parliament voted to oust Yanukovych Saturday……

Ukraine crisis: live updates

13:26 GMT - Yanukovych to quit? - More on the news that President Viktor Yanukovych has apparently promised to submit his resignation. Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) opposition party lawmaker Mykola Katerynchuk has told reporters that Yanukovych said he……

Unknown assailants kill judge who placed Ukraine protesters under house arrest

A judge who placed several anti-government protesters under house arrest has been killed by two unknown assailants in central Ukraine, the interior ministry said on Wednesday. The ex-Soviet country has been hit by large-scale protests since November, when President Viktor Yanukovych balked at signing a deal deepening ties with the…

70,000 pro-Western Ukrainians rally in Kiev in fresh show of force

An estimated 70,000 pro-Western Ukrainians thronged the heart of Kiev on Sunday vowing never to give up their drive to oust President Viktor Yanukovych for his alliance with old master Russia. Wearing blue and yellow ribbons -- the colours of both Ukraine……

Ukrainian lawmakers fail to agree to limit President Yanukovych’s powers

Ukrainian lawmakers failed to agree on curbing the president’s powers at a stormy debate on Tuesday as the EU’s foreign policy chief flew in to bolster international pressure to end the two-month crisis. Catherine Ashton dined with opposition leaders and on Wednesday was to meet with President Viktor Yanukovych, who…

Ukrainian opposition party rejects amnesty bill for protesters

Ukraine’s opposition on Wednesday defiantly refused to back an amnesty bill that would free activists and ease the country’s worst crisis since independence, as Germany urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to use his sway to push for dialogue. The amnesty bill was passed by parliament with the backing of the…

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