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Key events in Ukraine's political crisis



Key events in Ukraine's political crisis:

Nov. 21, 2013: President Viktor Yanukovych's government announces it is abandoning an agreement to strengthen ties with the European Union and is instead seeking closer cooperation with Moscow. Protesters take to the streets.

Nov. 30: Images of protesters bloodied by police truncheons spread quickly and galvanize public support for the demonstrations.

Dec. 1: A protest attracts around 300,000 people on Kiev's Independence Square, known as the Maidan, the largest since the 2004 Orange Revolution. Activists seize Kiev City Hall.

Dec. 17: Russian President Vladimir Putin announces Moscow will buy $15 billion worth of Ukrainian government bonds and cut the price Ukrainians pay for Russian natural gas.

Jan. 22, 2014: Three protesters die during a confrontation between police and demonstrators manning barricades.

Jan. 28: In concessions to the opposition, the prime minister resigns and parliament repeals harsh anti-protest laws that set off the violence.

Feb. 16: Opposition activists end their occupation of Kiev City Hall in exchange for the release of all 234 jailed protesters.

Feb. 18: Protesters attack police lines and set fires outside parliament after it stalls on a constitutional reform to limit presidential powers. Riot police respond to the violence by trying to push protesters off Independence Square. At least 26 people die and hundreds are injured.

Feb. 20: Hours after a truce is announced, violence resumes, with government snipers shooting protesters from the roofs. Most of the 82 deaths occur on this day.

Feb. 21: Under a European-mediated plan, protest leaders and Yanukovych agree to form a new government and hold an early election. Parliament slashes his powers and votes to free his rival, Yulia Tymoshenko, from prison. Yanukovych flees Kiev after protesters take control.

Feb. 22: Parliament votes to remove Yanukovych and hold new elections. Tymoshenko is freed and addresses tens of thousands on the Maidan.

Feb. 23: Ukraine's parliament assigns presidential powers to its new speaker, Oleksandr Turchinov, an ally of Tymoshenko. The new authorities ask the West for loans to avoid an imminent default. Pro-Russia protesters start rallying against the new authorities in Crimea, where Russia has a major naval base.

Feb. 24: Ukraine's interim government draws up a warrant for Yanukovych's arrest. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev derides the new leaders in Kiev as "Kalashnikov-toting people in black masks."

Feb. 26: Leaders of Ukraine's protest movement propose legislator Arseniy Yatsenyuk as prime minister. In Moscow, Putin orders major military exercises just across the border.

Feb. 27: Masked gunmen seize regional parliament and government buildings in Crimea. Ukraine's government pledges to prevent a national breakup with strong backing from the West. Yanukovych is granted refuge in Russia.

Feb. 28: Ukraine says Russian troops have taken up positions around strategic locations on the Crimean peninsula. Ukraine's parliament adopts a resolution demanding that Russia halt steps it says are aimed against Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Turchynov says he has put armed forces on full readiness because of the threat of "potential aggression."

March 1: Russian troops take over Crimea without firing a shot. The Kiev government and its Western supporters are powerless to react. U.S. President Barack Obama calls Putin to demand the troops' withdrawal.


March 2: Ukraine appeals for international help, fearing a wider Russian invasion. Supporters on both sides take to the streets of Ukrainian cities and of Moscow. The U.S. says it believes Russia has more than 6,000 troops in Crimea. The Group of Seven suspends preparations for June's G-8 summit in Russia.

March 3: Pro-Russian troops control a ferry terminal on the easternmost tip of Crimea, adding to fears that Moscow is planning to bring in even more troops.

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jgrychak March 03 2014 at 12:53 PM

Here we go again, another ploy so that Obama can deploy his long overdue Martial Law? This ******* will get us into a war yet with somebody

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Cap'n Mikey March 03 2014 at 10:38 AM

Perhaps we have forgotten the 10 million Ukrainians starved to death by Stalin in 1932-33..to become part of the Soviet Union, and forced to accept Russian communism.

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Tim Cap'n Mikey March 03 2014 at 10:50 AM

Wasn"t that before it became it's own sovern nation.

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excursioner March 03 2014 at 1:12 PM

Let us not forget that it is the EU and Obama's debacle of a foreign policy that has contributed heavily to this crisis.
The EU has caused it by working to include the Ukraine in the EU. This would move the EU, and therefore, NATO right to the border of Russia. What would America do if the Russians were preparing to enter into an economic / military pact with Mexico? A President with a spine would have to move to prevent having a Russian ally on our border. That is what the Russians did. Only a moron would think the Russians would act differently about the EU being injected on their border and in control of their only warm water port. Obama and the Europeans have displayed great naivety and incompetence in this foreign policy debacle.

Obama gave the Russians the green light to move when he announced to the world that he was cutting the US military to pre-World War II levels. It made Obama and therefore, the US look weak, and impotent.

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dorc792 March 03 2014 at 3:06 PM

but obama has given the illeagals free cell phones an now drivers licenes ...he has de moralized the usa ....next revolution will be here....

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James M. Adams March 03 2014 at 3:48 PM

Apparently "more flexibility" meant that he could bend all the way down and grab his ankles.

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spdy65 March 03 2014 at 12:34 PM

This has escalated to the point now where a conflict is eminent. Putin plans on reclaiming the Ukraine and clearly don't care what the rest of the world thinks. Threats from the west and the U.N. are falling on deaf ears.

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SPQR March 03 2014 at 5:13 PM

Here is a plan to scare him : Go to Defcon 5 The human race is not worth it anymore

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Mike March 03 2014 at 1:37 PM

Dear Excursioner,

Poop! Now President Obama is at fault for not forbidding the European Union from encouraging trade with the Ukraine because it's too close to the Russians and would (therefore - ???) put Nato right next door (what ???) and threaten thier only warm water port so just like Mexico being influenced by commies etc. , blah, blah , blah
Vladimir Putin is insane!!!! Hitler was insane!!!!!! Therefore using your skilled logic Putin is Hitler and will use any excuse to invade a country of people who have chosen to be free of Russia, claiming they are part of Russia. Uh, wait a minute - your logic is right on!!!!!!
I got it - appease Hitler, um I mean Putin, and you would have solved this problem. Bravo you should be writing peces for the Heritage Foundation. Oh by the way, Ukranians don't get on boats and try to come here, You remember what happend to German Jews when they tried it, leaders didn't want to piss off Hitler so a lot of countries, including our own let them rot off shore.
HMMMMM!! Are you perhaps the below mentioned "moron" ??

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gudtip March 03 2014 at 5:44 PM

Russia could not win the war the middle East now they are going after the little guys, isn't that the act of a BULLY

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omahakid gudtip March 03 2014 at 6:31 PM

What ? The US lost in Vietnam, couldn't beat Korea........actually they are afraid of Kim Jung Un the leader there, so they pick on Yemen, Pakistan, Libya, and are trying to beat a bunch of "camel jockey`s" in Afghanistan and are having a hard time with it . I wonder who the bullies are ? If they are so tough maybe they will send Drones to Russia, or tell China what they can`t do ? Doubt it. Obama isn`t going to start anything. Again North Korea fires off a Rocket whenever they want, Assad in Syria does what he wants

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ordobtrebla omahakid March 03 2014 at 7:54 PM

If you want out of America.... Just say the word Kid...
I'll buy you a plane ticket anywhere you want...

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baggersrnutz March 03 2014 at 5:56 PM

What they are not saying is this goes back to 2004 where the same guy got elected and the coutry's supreme court ruled the election as rigged, I believe they ousted him back then and have ousted him again now.

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