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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.…

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……

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…

Uneasy truce holds in Ukraine as peace negotiations stall

Crunch talks between the opposition and President Viktor Yanukovych failed Thursday to end Ukraine’s crisis but an uneasy truce held after five days of deadly clashes between protesters and security forces. Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych but the relatively minor concessions offered by…

Ukraine lawmakers pass legislation banning some acts of protest

Pro-government lawmakers on Thursday pushed legislation through Ukraine’s parliament on Thursday that criminalized acts of protest, an apparent bid to undermine months of demonstrations against President Viktor Yanukovych. Backed by 235 of Ukraine’s 450 lawmakers, blockading public buildings will now be punishable by up to five years in prison. Protesters…

Ukraine police move against Kiev protesters

Ukrainian security forces on Monday moved in on pro-EU demonstrators to end a week-long blockade of the government headquarters after the authorities sent special internal troops into central Kiev in an increasingly tense showdown. With the authorities apparently keen to regain control of the city centre, the party of jailed…

European Union fails to convince Ukraine to sign trade agreement

A European Union bid to draw mighty ex-Soviet state Ukraine into the Western fold headed for failure at a summit ending Friday held amid a worsening EU-Russia tug-of-war. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite told AFP that leaders of the 28-nation-bloc had failed to convince Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to sign up…

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