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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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drusus5845 March 03 2014 at 8:36 AM

In reality there are two Ukrainians, those who were under the rule of the Poles and the Austrians and those under the rule of those of the gulag, Siberia, Czars and the Soviets. The latter exchanged one form of oppression (Czarist) for another (Communist). The former really ruled themselves and actually had representation in the Austrian Reichstag, a Pole, Bielinski, wound up as prime minister. In truth, both the Poles and Ukrainians were oppressed under the Polish nobility but it was tolerable as compared to Ukraine under the czar and the Soviets. In 1937 to get grain for export and money for the Soviet Union, Stalin confiscated Ukrainian grain to the point that 10 million Ukrainians died and many resorted to cannibalism. Stalin's reason was to get rid of the kulaks (with one acre??) who owned their land and put it all under the State. Lenin promised the people bread and land and gave them neither. There is something in the Russian psyche that makes them what they are, rude, vindictive, revengeful, and lacking in any respect for the individual except as a cog in a wheel. Alcoholism is rampant, poverty is endemic especially in Siberia and Perm and other outlying districts where even the central heating plants do not work and coal is stolen from plants through graft and corruption. Mayors build castles in the woods like the former President of the Ukraine and for their chief of police. Russia is a hollow shell eaten away by the oligarchs and those who believe that stealing from the government is a justified form of financial support like a paycheck. Putin is building a house on sand and the foundation is about to give way being held up only by the police state.

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Nan drusus5845 March 03 2014 at 9:01 AM

Kudos for your comment. Very informative. Thank you.

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cabo79 March 03 2014 at 9:43 AM

To understand the situation better Googel -Ukraine WWII, and follow your nose. This is not something we should get involved in. The time line is BS.

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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.
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buvin621 March 03 2014 at 9:00 AM

One thing I know about this is that the price of gasoline will be going higher due to it. Even though we do not get any oil from this part of the world, the price of gas will go up. Just another of the many excuses the oli companies will use.

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scottee buvin621 March 03 2014 at 9:06 AM

the government could eliminate the gas tax. that would bring prices down.

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prinoer March 03 2014 at 9:26 AM

In my studies, I was surprised to learn that Crimea was formerly called Gothlia, and was inhabited by "Russians" from earliest times. That's going back to the early iron age, or about three-thousand years ago. The Eur-Asian "nations" in olden times sprang up along the rivers that flow across Eur-Asia. Sometimes they extended for several hundred miles, as the riverine trade sustained them. Gothlia, or Crimea, was a resting and staging point for trading voyages to Greece and even Egypt. It will be very difficult to argue that Crimea is anything but Russian, except in geo-politically convenient terms. I know the Germans made the same argument about the German nationals living along the Danube in Hungary and Modavia, as well as in Czechoslovakia, but that can't be helped. Those areas had majoritarian non-German populations, which isn't the case in Crimea, where Russians constitute a substantial majority.

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cabo79 prinoer March 03 2014 at 9:51 AM

Google "Ukraine WWII" and see why most in the Ukraine do not want to be part of the Fourth Reich/EU.

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Benji2264 March 03 2014 at 8:12 AM


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gary March 03 2014 at 8:11 AM

i read they are a fighting people, but what do they have to fight with?

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Benji2264 March 03 2014 at 8:10 AM


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John March 03 2014 at 8:04 AM

Obama isn't a negotiator or compromiser at all. This is what is needed to diffuse this situation. Lot's of options now but soon there won't be. He should of had a sit down with Putin a long time ago about this but even if he did he wouldn't negotiate anything. Just try and bully and threaten to get what he wants.

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jcollina March 03 2014 at 8:02 AM

History repeats itself. Politicians push too hard against their political opponents. Opponents push back. Shots are fired. War breaks out. Innocent mutts get killed. Everyone agrees, after the blood is shed, the war was not worth its cost. Peace breaks out - FOR AWHILE. History repeats itself, ad nauseum.

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