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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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roy March 03 2014 at 4:06 PM

Could be our, "Peace in our time." moment.

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pmbalele March 03 2014 at 1:01 PM

Russia is wrong. They should not be condoned to invade another country. The issue in Ukraine is similar to Syria, Rwanda, Iraq, and Egypt -Two tribes or religions within a nation fighting. Even if the US backs the Pro-West group eventually the crisis will re-occur. I wish all nations in the world did like Tanzania. As soon Tanzania got independence, it crossed tribal people with one another. Today, you can go to Tanzania and find some people are multi-tribal i.e. crossbreeds of several tribes. That's why rarely you hear tribal conflicts in Tanzania. UN should provide experts to resolve the situation – not with bombs.

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tornekrayville March 04 2014 at 1:23 AM

Everything will be alright. After all John Kerry is going over there. I guess Dennis Rodman was unavailable.

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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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ckenney24 March 03 2014 at 3:17 PM

The US has been in a economic climb, slow but sure, for the last few years. How better to bring us down to be with Russia and Europe in a slump, then to start a war or the threat of one. Only China will win here. They might even be the instigator indirectly. Watch as the the US markets decline and the Chinese markets increase.

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neutralslamm ckenney24 March 03 2014 at 3:18 PM

Shuddduppp, you're an idiot, who cares what you say.

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Linda ckenney24 March 03 2014 at 3:25 PM

Where is this economic climb you talk about? Jobs? NO New businesses? NO Unemployment rate lower? NO Sorry just dont see it.

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greenliks Linda March 03 2014 at 3:44 PM

The economic climb is in the annual deficit, the US of A spends $200 million more than it takes in every HOUR!!! thats a billion $ every 5 hours, a TRILLION $ in 218 days. Not to worry ...the feds will just print up more toilet paper dollars to send overseas and flush our nation down the toilet.

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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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nbijohn March 03 2014 at 9:46 AM

Wikipedia has interesting history summary regarding the Crimea. Crimea was part of Russia and the Soviet Union until, 19 February 1954, when the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued a decree on the transfer of the Crimean region of the RSFSR to the Ukrainian SSR. There are many other very interesting facets mentioned in this history which really sheds light on the current situation. Informed comments would be much better then the politicized BS that characterizes many of the comments. The US can be upset and voice our righteous indignation about the actions of the Ukrainian and Russian governments, but in reality it's their problem and we need to stay out of the mess.

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coachkuch March 03 2014 at 9:44 AM

i am an american(my father & mother were from the ukraine ) in the past the ukraine was part of russia. we have enough problems, let them solve their problems on their own.
Bill coach Kuchar

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