Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ukrainian protesters claim control over Kiev. -President Viktor Yanukovych left Kiev. -Live streaming

KIEV, Ukraine: Protesters in the Ukrainian capital claimed full control of the city on Saturday following the signing of a Western-brokered peace deal aimed at ending the nation's three-month political crisis. 

The nation's embattled president reportedly fled the capital for his support base in Ukraine's Russia-leaning east.

Media outlets reported that President Viktor Yanukovych left Kiev for his native eastern Ukraine after surrendering much of his powers and agreeing to early elections this fall.


The changes came as part of Friday's deal intended to end violence that killed scores and left hundreds wounded in Kiev this week as snipers opened fire on protesters.

Andriy Parubiy, a leader of the protest camp on Independence Square, known as the Maidan, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that Yanukovych fled for Kharkiv, the center of Ukraine's industrial heartland. The claims of the president's departure could not be immediately confirmed, however.

Parubiy also said on Saturday that protesters are now in full control of the capital. Police on Friday retreated from their positions in Kiev's government district, and the night passed quietly.

Despite significant concessions made by Yanukovych, many of the protesters have remained dissatisfied with the deal and pushed for his immediate ouster.

They booed opposition figures who took to a stage Friday evening to present the deal, which cuts Yanukovych's powers and calls for early elections but falls short of demands for his immediate resignation.

"Death to the criminal!" some chanted, referring to Yanukovych.

The leader of a major radical group that spearheaded clashes with police, Pravy Sektor, declared Friday that "the national revolution will continue."

A motion seeking the president's impeachment was submitted late Friday to the Ukrainian parliament, where members of Yanukovych's faction defected in droves to the opposition side, quickly passing constitutional amendments that trimmed Yanukovych's powers.

It wasn't clear if and when the impeachment motion would be put to vote.

Neither side won all the points it sought in Friday's deal, and some vague conditions could ignite strong disputes down the road.

The agreement signed on Friday calls for presidential elections to be moved up from March 2015 to no later than December, but many protesters said that is far too late. And it does not address the issue that triggered the protests in November — Yanukovych's abandonment of closer ties with the European Union in favor of a bailout deal with longtime ruler Russia.

The standoff between the government and protesters escalated this week, as demonstrators clashed with police and snipers opened fire in the worst violence the country has seen since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago. The health ministry put the death toll at 77 and some opposition figures said it's even higher.

The US, Russia and the 28-nation EU are deeply concerned about the future of Ukraine, a divided nation of 46 million.

The country's western regions want to be closer to the EU and have rejected Yanukovych's authority in many cities, while eastern Ukraine that accounts for the bulk of the nation's economic output favors closer ties with Russia.

The parliament on Friday quickly approved a measure that could free Yanukovych's arch-rival Tymoshenko, who has served two and a half years on a conviction of abuse of office, charges that domestic and Western critics have denounced as a political vendetta.

Legislators voted to decriminalize the count under which Tymoshenko was imprisoned, meaning that she is no longer guilty of a criminal offense.

However, Yanukovych must still sign that bill into law, and then Tymoshenko's lawyers would have to ask the court for her release from prison in Kharkiv, the city controlled by Yanukovych's loyalists where the opposition has little public following.

The deal was a result of two days and all-night of shuttle diplomacy by top diplomats from Germany, France and Poland, who talked with the president and the opposition.

In Washington, White House press secretary Jay Carney said the deal is consistent with what the Obama administration was advocating, and that the US will closely monitor whether it is fulfilled, holding out the threat of more sanctions if it's not.

In Moscow, a senior Russian lawmaker criticized the deal as a Western attempt to wrest Ukraine out of Russia's sphere of influence.

Leonid Slutsky, who chairs the committee in charge of relations with other ex-Soviet nations, told reporters that the agreement is "entirely in the interests of the United States and other powers, who want to split Ukraine from Russia."

Russia's mediator Vladimir Lukin's refused to sign the deal Friday, and the Russian Foreign Ministry warned that Ukraine should take into account all regions in its political transition, apparently referring to the areas in Ukraine's east and south.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Ukrainian-protesters-claim-control-over-Kiev/articleshow/30842247.cms
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  1. Ukraine: Yanukovych will sign new Verkhovna Rada bills - presidential adviser

    President of Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych, is in Kharkiv; he will sign the laws previously adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, the UNN Agency reports with reference to presidential adviser, Deputy Anna Herman.

    "The President is in Kharkiv on a working trip, he came here yesterday. Today he will meet with electors and deliver a speech on TV. The President does not intend to take part in the Congress which will take place in Kharkiv", Herman said.

    Voice of Russia, RIA
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_22/Ukraine-Yanukovych-will-sign-new-Verkhovna-Rada-bills-presidential-advisor-3635/
    22/2/13

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  2. Комментарий Департамента информации и печати МИД России в связи с инцидентом с туристическим автобусом на Украине...

    В России возмущены провокацией, которая произошла 21 февраля в Ровенской области Украины. Автобус с туристами из белорусского города Гомель, которые направлялись на отдых в Карпаты, был обстрелян боевиками.

    В результате был ранен водитель автобуса, гражданин Российской Федерации. Он сейчас находится в тяжелом состоянии в больнице в Брестской области. Генеральное консульство оказывает раненому необходимую консульскую помощь.

    Требуем от украинских правоохранительных органов, а также от тех, кто контролирует или пытается контролировать радикальные силы на Украине, обеспечить безопасность мирных граждан.

    Мы благодарим белорусскую сторону за заботу о российском гражданине.
    http://www.mid.ru/brp_4.nsf/newsline/5331CA9EEA41A24B44257C8700322F81
    22/2/13

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    1. Russia outraged by shooting incident in Ukraine's Rovno region...

      The bus with tourists from the Belarusian city of Gomel, who were on the way to the Carpathian region, came under fire opened by militants

      MOSCOW, February 22, 14:04 /ITAR-TASS/. Tass) - Russia is outraged by the provocation that took place in Ukraine's Rovno region on February 21, when a bus with Belarusian tourists came under fire, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

      The bus with tourists from the Belarusian city of Gomel, who were on the way to the Carpathian region, came under fire opened by militants. The bus driver, a citizen of the Russian Federation, was wounded. He is in heavy condition in a hospital in the Brest region. The Consulate General provides consular assistance for the wounded man.

      The Foreign Ministry also thanked the Belarusian side for the care for the Russian citizen.

      The wounded driver was taken to a Belarusian hospital. The tourists also returned to Belarus. Nobody among the bus passengers was hurt.

      After the incident, the Belarusian Foreign Ministry made a statement, urging Belarusian citizens to postpone trips to Ukraine, first of all to Kiev and the Kiev region.

      The Russian Foreign Ministry has demanded from Ukrainian law-enforcement authorities and those who are controlling or attempting to control radical forces in Ukraine to ensure safety for civilians.
      http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/720437
      22/2/14

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  3. Βαλεντίνα Ματβιένκο: στην Ουκρανία λαμβάνει χώρα προσπάθεια κρατικού πραξικοπήματος ...

    Ως βίαιη προσπάθεια ανατροπής της νόμιμης εξουσίας στη χώρα χαρακτήρισε τα δρώμενα στην Ουκρανία η Πρόεδρος του Συμβουλίου της Ομοσπονδίας (Άνω Βουλής) της Ρωσικής Ομοσπονδίας Βαλεντίνα Ματβιένκο σε συνάντηση με τον Πρόεδρο του Ανωτάτου Συμβουλίου της Κριμαίας Βλαντίμιρ Κονσταντίνοφ στη Μόσχα. Με τη σειρά του, ο επικεφαλής της Βουλής της Κριμαίας δήλωσε ότι δεν θα αναγνωρίσει ως νόμιμες οποιεσδήποτε ενέργειες των ουκρανικών Αρχών, που θα εγκριθούν υπό την πίεση των εξτρεμιστών.



    Η Βαλεντίνα Ματβιένκο κατά τη διάρκεια της συνάντησης κάλεσε όλες τις υγιώς σκεπτόμενες πολιτικές και κοινωνικές δυνάμεις της Ουκρανίας να συνενωθούν για τον τερματισμό των ενεργειών, που απειλούν την εδαφική ακεραιότητα της χώρας, δήλωσε η Πρόεδρος του Συμβουλίου της Ομοσπονδίας:

    - Δυστυχώς, οι ηγέτες της αντιπολίτευσης, οι οποίοι συμμετέχουν στις συνομιλίες, και ο κόσμος στο Μαϊντάν, είναι δυο εντελώς διαφορετικές δυνάμεις. Οι ευρισκόμενοι στην Πλατεία Μαϊντάν, δεν έχουν ορισμένες πολιτικές απαιτήσεις προς την εξουσία, για τις οποίες θα μπορούσαν να διεξαχθούν συνομιλίες. Παρόλ΄ αυτά, η θέση μας συνίσταται στο ότι πρέπει να γίνει παν το δυνατόν για την ειρηνευτική επίλυση της εξαιρετικά σκληρής πολιτικής κρίσης. Από την άλλη σε οποιοδήποτε κράτος οι Αρχές είναι υπόχρεες να εξασφαλίσουν τη διαφύλαξη του συνταγματικού συστήματος και της ασφάλειας των πολιτών στο πλαίσιο του Συντάγματος, στο πλαίσιο της ισχύουσας νομοθεσίας. Νομίζω ότι όλες οι υγιώς σκεπτόμενες δυνάμεις της Ουκρανίας, και τέτοιες είναι η απόλυτη πλειονότητα των κατοίκων της χώρας, πρέπει να συνενωθούν στην επιδίωξή τους να θέσουν τέλος σε αυτή τη βία, να θέσουν τέλος σε αυτές τις ληστρικές, αντισυνταγματικές ενέργειες, διότι διαφορετικά αυτή η κατάσταση απειλεί την εδαφική ακεραιότητα της Ουκρανίας.......Διαβάστε ολόκληρο το κείμενο: http://greek.ruvr.ru/2014_02_21/263568942/
    21/2/14

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  4. Советник президента Украины: Янукович вылетел в Харьков...

    КИЕВ, 22 февраля. /ИТАР-ТАСС/. Президент Украины Виктор Янукович вылетел в Харьков, где намерен встретиться с депутатами съезда юго-восточных областей страны. Об этом, как сообщает агентство "Украинские национальные новости", заявила советник президента, депутат Верховной рады Анна Герман.

    "Президент Украины находится в Харькове. Он вылетел туда вечером. Сегодня он встретится с избирателями, а также выступит по харьковскому телевидению. Президент не будет участвовать в этом съезде, который организовывается в Харькове", - отметила Герман.
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/993601
    22/2/14

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  5. Ukraine: le président du parlement démissionne...

    Le président de la Rada suprême (parlement monocaméral ukrainien) Vladimir Rybak a présenté sa démission, a annoncé samedi le vice-président de la Rada Rouslan Kochoulinski.

    "Le président de la Rada suprême Vladimir Rybak a écrit une lettre de démission pour des raisons de santé. Il demande de mettre fin à ses fonctions", a indiqué M.Kochoulinski.............http://fr.ria.ru/world/20140222/200553326.html
    22/2/14

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  6. Ukraine downfall: President’s whereabouts uncertain as opposition push for resignation...

    The whereabouts of Ukrainian President Yanukovich are unknown a day after he agreed to opposition demands. Parliament is trying to replace its resigned speaker to push for presidential resignation and an early election.

    Ukraine remains chaotic amid the worst political crisis the country has seen in modern history. Viktor Yanukovich has gone missing, with even his immediate staff declining to say where he is.

    The presidential residence in Kiev has been abandoned and left virtually unguarded. Some media reports said on Friday that the residents had packed up and left.

    Some media reports suggest that Yanukovich is in Kharkov, a city in Eastern Ukraine, which is a stronghold of his Party of Regions. The president is supposedly going to take part in a summit of members of regional parliaments from Eastern and Southern Ukraine. The emergency gathering will be discussing the ongoing crisis and the strategy the Euromaidan-skeptical regions will follow after the opposition gains in Kiev and in the west of the country.

    Neither presidential staff nor local authorities in Kharkov confirmed Yanukovich’s visit. The local airport said the presidential plane had not landed there...............http://rt.com/news/ukraine-president-parliament-chaos-249/
    22/2/14

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  7. Ukraine crisis: President's Kiev offices unguarded....

    The Kiev offices of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych are unguarded, with opposition protesters apparently in full control of the government district, say BBC correspondents.

    The BBC's Kevin Bishop says he was able to enter the complex unchallenged.

    Opposition leaders say President Yanukovych, whose whereabouts are unknown, must stand down immediately...................http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26299670
    22/2/14

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  8. Ukraine Parliament Considers President's Ouster, Early Vote...

    MOSCOW, February 22 (RIA Novosti) – Opposition figures in Ukraine signaled their intent Saturday to seek the ouster of President Viktor Yanukovych in parliament and call elections by the end of May as the government showed signs of total capitulation following days of bloody protests.

    After midday Saturday, as the legislature was convening, Yanukovych loyalist and parliament speaker Volodymyr Rybak announced his resignation, citing ill-health. The decision came on the heels of the resignation of dozens of deputies from the ruling Party of Regions.

    Speaking in the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine’s parliament, UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko said deputies should consider a resolution requiring the president to resign and for the holding of elections before May 25................http://en.ria.ru/world/20140222/187780318/Ukraine-Parliament-Considers-Presidents-Ouster-Early-Vote.html
    22/2/14

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  9. El presidente de Ucrania, Víktor Yanukóvich, está en Járkov, dónde va a firmar las leyes aprobadas en la víspera por el Parlamento, informan los medios de comunicación ucranianos con referencia a la consejera del presidente de Ucrania, Anna Guerman.....

    "Hoy el presidente se reunirá con los votantes y hablará en televisión de Járkov. El presidente no participará en la cumbre que se está organizando en Járkov", especificó la parlamentaria.

    Los medios locales anteriormente ya han informado que el mandatario ucraniano abandonó Kiev y se dirigió a la ciudad de Járkov para asistir a una cumbre regional. Sin embargo, la llegada del presidente a Járkov no ha sido confirmada por las autoridades aeroportuarias de esa ciudad ucraniana. "El avión presidencial no ha aterrizado en Járkov", aseguraron a la agencia de noticias Itar-Tass.

    Además, esta mañana Yurii Miroshnichenko, representante parlamentario del presidente de Ucrania, ha afirmado que la ubicación del mandatario se desconoce. "No sé dónde se encuentra actualmente el jefe del Estado, no tengo información acerca de su paradero", ha dicho Miroshnichenko.

    "Sí, entiendo que circulan diferentes rumores, hay muchas especulaciones [relativas al paradero de Yanukóvich]", ha añadido el representante parlamentario del presidente de Ucrania.

    Al mismo tiempo, el líder de la oposición moderada Vitali Klitschkó ha anunciado esta mañana desde la tribuna parlamentaria que Víktor Yanukovich "se esfumó y dejó la capital" y ha propuesto al Parlamento adoptar una resolución sobre la dimisión de Víktor Yanukóvich del cargo de presidente, lo que sería fundamento para unas elecciones anticipadas.

    Además, el diputado independiente, Oleg Liashkó, también ha anunciado que nadie sabe a dónde partió el presidente de Ucrania. .............Texto completo en: http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/120617-yanukovich-ucrania-ubicacion-desconocida
    22/2/14

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  10. Ukraine: Der diplomatische Coup des Frank-Walter Steinmeier....

    Bundesaußenminister Frank-Walter Steinmeier dürfte maßgeblich dazu beigetragen haben, dass es für die Ukraine wieder eine Perspektive gibt. Es gibt Lob aus allen Lagern. Was ist sein Erfolgsrezept?

    Es war die Initiative des deutschen Außenministers Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) gewesen, das sogenannte Weimarer Dreieck neu zu beleben und sich gemeinsam mit Polen und Frankreich für eine Lösung des Konflikts in der Ukraine einzusetzen. Der Verhandlungsmarathon, zuletzt nur noch mit seinem polnischen Kollegen Radoslaw Sikorski, war erfolgreich.

    Steinmeier selbst bewertete das ausgehandelte Abkommen zwischen ukrainischer Regierung und Opposition vorsichtig optimistisch. "Das war vielleicht die letzte Chance, um einen Ausweg aus der Spirale der Gewalt zu finden", sagte der Außenminister. Nicht alle Probleme seien gelöst, aber es gebe Grund, zuversichtlich nach vorn zu schauen. Der Weg in eine politische Lösung der Krise sei nun möglich.................http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article125094196/Der-diplomatische-Coup-des-Frank-Walter-Steinmeier.html
    22/2/14

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  11. Ukrainian protesters say control president's offices in Kiev ...

    KIEV - Ukrainian protesters said they had taken control of the presidential administration building in central Kiev, as opposition leaders pressed for the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday.

    "He's not here, none of his officials or anyone linked directly to the administration are here," Ostap Kryvdyk, a protest leader, told a Reuters reporter inside the grounds of the administration building.
    http://www.jpost.com/Breaking-News/Ukrainian-protesters-say-control-presidents-offices-in-Kiev-342205
    22/2/14

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  12. The crowd of 10,000, who have gathered for Kharkov's meeting of the south-eastern regional heads, is continuing to grow, with the area surrounding the city's sports palace now cordoned off by the police, Itar-Tass reports...........

    After the police barricades, the protesters continue to the arena on foot. One thing worth noting is that the mood is surprisingly calm and no violent tempers have been spotted in the marching midst, which is very dissimilar from what has been witnessed in the capital, Kiev.

    A massive stage has been set up in front of the sports arena, with activists beginning to distribute 'Ukrainian Front' fliers to people.

    The majority of those present openly support President Yanukovich. ......http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/
    22/2/14

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  13. МВД Украины призывало граждан совместными усилиями обеспечить правопорядок в стране...

    МВД Украины призывало граждан совместными усилиями обеспечить правопорядок в государстве и не допустить уничтожения правоохранительной инфраструктуры. Об этом говорится в сообщении, размещенном на сайте ведомства.

    "Личный состав органов внутренних дел отмечает, что он служит исключительно украинскому народу и полностью разделяет стремление граждан к скорейшим изменений", - в частности, говорится в заявлении МВД.

    "Переход к парламентско-президентской форме правления не должен создать хаоса, поставить общество в условия беспорядка и произвола. - отметили в МВД. - Милиция призывает граждан совместными усилиями обеспечить правопорядок в государстве, не допустить уничтожения правоохранительной инфраструктуры, создававшаяся годами".
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/993705
    22/2/14

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  14. Kiev: les radicaux affirment contrôler la résidence présidentielle...

    Des opposants radicaux ont affirmé avoir pris le contrôle de la résidence présidentielle à Kiev, rapportent samedi les médias occidentaux.

    "Le président Ianoukovitch n'est pas là, et aucun de ses représentants officiels n'est là non plus", a indiqué l'un des protestataires ayant pénétrés dans le bâtiment, cité par Reuters.

    Selon l'interlocuteur de l'agence, les opposants n'ont rencontré aucune résistance lors de l'irruption.

    Dans le même temps, la conseillère de Viktor Ianoukovitch Anna Guerman a fait savoir que le dirigeant ukrainien s'était rendu à Kharkov (est)...............http://fr.ria.ru/world/20140222/200553671.html
    22/2/14

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  15. Ukraine: Security forces side with opposition - media....

    Security forces in Ukraine side with the opposition, saying it supports citizens in their quest for swift change, media report.

    "Let us join forces and for the creation of a truly independent, democratic and legal European state," a statement posted on the Interior Ministry's website that controls police said Saturday.

    The statement called on Ukrainians to show respect for the law and not permit the destruction of the infrastructure of state institutions that took years to build and would still be needed.

    Voice of Russia, dpa
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_22/Ukraine-Security-forces-side-with-opposition-media-0603/
    22/2/14

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  16. Новый спикер парламента Украины высказался за формирование коалиционного правительства....

    Новый спикер Верховной рады Александр Турчинов высказался за скорейшее формирование коалиционного правительства Украины.

    "Я обращаюсь ко всем депутатским фракциям, группам, внефракционным депутатам. Сразу же после восстановления конституции, которое должно состояться сегодня, приступить к формированию коалиционного правительства", - сказал он, выступая в парламенте.
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/993906
    22/2/14

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  17. Fire breaks out in Odessa military academy...

    A fire broke out in the building of the Military Academy here on Saturday.

    The blaze was on the third, upper, floor. Smoke billowed from three windows. The roof was damaged.

    Firefighters brought the fire under control. Nobody was hurt, a source at the city emergency service told Itar-Tass.

    What caused the fire has yet to be established.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720440
    22/2/14

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  18. Легитимность решений Рады сомнительна, считает съезд депутатов юго-востока Украины...

    Съезда депутатов юго-востока Украины: решения Рады вызывают сомнения относительно своей легитимности.
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994030
    22/2/14

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  19. Верховная рада выразила недоверие генпрокурору Украины Виктору Пшонке...

    КИЕВ, 22 февраля. /ИТАР-ТАСС/. Верховная рада выразила недоверие генеральному прокурору Украины Виктору Пшонке. За принятие этого постановления высказались 247 депутатов. Против не голосовал никто.

    Как пояснил ведущий заседание парламента Александр Турчинов, "Пшонка теперь уже не имеет права выполнять обязанности генерального прокурора, тем более, что его уже несколько дней не было на рабочем месте".
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994013
    22/2/14

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  20. Ukraine: la Rada approuve un retour au régime parlementaire...

    La Rada suprême (parlement monocaméral ukrainien) a approuvé samedi un projet de loi prévoyant un retour à la constitution de 2004, rapporte le correspondant de RIA Novosti à Kiev.

    Le document prévoyant le passage vers le régime parlementaire dans le pays a été adopté par 325 sur un total de 331 députés présents.
    http://fr.ria.ru/world/20140222/200554254.html
    22/2/14

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  21. 11:47 GMT:

    The Supreme Rada has named Arsen Avakov the acting head of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine, until the temporary posting is no longer required, Itar-Tass reports......

    11:45 GMT:

    The law on the return to the 2004 Constitution was reportedly passed without President Yanukovich's signature, Itar-Tass said.
    11:43 GMT:

    Aleksandr Turchinov, who has this morning been elected as the new head speaker of the Supreme Rada, will be taking over the cabinet’s work until the formation of a coalition government, according to Interfax-Ukraine. 314 of 329 MPs voted in favor of that decision. .....http://rt.com/news/kiev-clashes-rioters-police-571/
    22/2/14

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    1. 12:01 GMT:

      The Ukrainian Rada has ruled that freeing the former PM Yulia Timoshenko from prison will be done swiftly, in accordance with “international duties,” Itar-Tass quoted the parliament as saying.

      The vote was 233 in favor of the decision.

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  22. Ukraine: Rada will ohne Janukowitsch neue Regierung bilden...

    Das ukrainische Parlament, die Oberste Rada, hat am Samstag erneut für eine Rückkehr zur Verfassung von 2004 gestimmt, die die Macht des Präsidenten beschneidet. Nach Angaben des neuen Parlamentschefs Alexander Turtschinow darf die Rada nun selber eine neue Regierung bilden...............http://de.ria.ru/politics/20140222/267890228.html
    22/2/14

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  23. Ukraine protesters seize Yanukovich's compound in Kiev...

    (Reuters) - Protesters seized the Kiev office of President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday and his whereabouts were a mystery, as the pro-Russian leader's grip on power rapidly eroded following bloodshed in the Ukrainian capital.

    At the president's headquarters, Ostap Kryvdyk, who described himself as a protest commander, said some protesters had entered the offices but there was no looting. "We will guard the building until the next president comes," he told Reuters. "Yanukovich will never be back."

    The grounds of the president's residence outside Kiev were also being guarded by "self-defense" militia of anti-government protesters. Hundreds of people entered the grounds, although not the building itself.

    A senior security source said the president was still in Ukraine but was unable to say whether he was in Kiev. An ally was quoted as saying he was in an eastern city...............http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/02/22/us-ukraine-idUSBREA1G0OU20140222?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews
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  24. Moscow demands to ensure safety for Russians in Ukraine...

    Russia believes it is an absolute necessity and duty of Ukraine’s law-enforcement authorities and all the forces that are controlling or trying to control Kiev and the Ukrainian regions

    MOSCOW, February 22, 16:01 /ITAR-TASS/. ass) - Moscow calls on Ukraine's authorities and forces attempting to control Kiev and western Ukrainian regions to ensure safety for Russians and compatriots, the Russian Foreign Ministry's commissioner for human rights, democracy and the rule of law, Konstantin Dolgov, told Itar-Tass on Saturday, commenting on the attack on a bus, which carried Belarusian tourists, in Ukraine's Rovno region on February. The bus driver, a citizen of the Russian Federation, was seriously wounded in the attack...............http://en.itar-tass.com/russia/720450
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  25. Julia Timoschenko aus Gefängnis entlassen....

    Die Demonstranten vom Maidan-Platz in Kiew behaupten, die "volle Macht" in der ukrainischen Hauptstadt übernommen zu haben. Präsident Janukowitsch soll ins Hinterland geflüchtet sein..............http://www.welt.de/politik/ausland/article125102242/Julia-Timoschenko-aus-Gefaengnis-entlassen.html
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  26. La ex primera ministra Yulia Timoshenko ya ha sido liberada de la prisión en la ciudad de Járkiv, informa la agencia AP citando a la vocera de la opositora ucraniana, Marina Soroka.....

    Los partidarios de Yulia Timoshenko están esperando su salida "en cualquier momento" de la clínica de Járkiv, donde fue ingresada anteriormente debido al deterioro de su salud, especificó Soroka.

    Sin embargo, la portavoz de la ex primera ministra no ha podido confirmar que Timoshenko haya abandonado el hospital. Los parientes de Timoshenko y los representantes del Parlamento Europeo han partido a la ciudad de Járkiv para recibirla cuando salga de la clínica .

    Este viernes el Parlamento de Ucrania votó a favor de la despenalización del artículo en virtud del cual fue condenada Yulia Timoshenko, líder actual del partido opositor Batkivschína. Ese punto ha contado con el voto favorable de 310 diputados, de los 226 requeridos para aprobar la ley.......Texto completo en: http://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/view/120633-timoshenko-libetad-ministra-ucrania?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=actualidad

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  27. Ukraine: Ioulia Timochenko libérée...

    L'ex-première ministre ukrainienne Ioulia Timochenko, incarcérée pour abus de pouvoir, a été libérée, rapportent samedi les médias occidentaux citant un porte-parole de Mme Timochenko.

    Plus tôt dans la journée, la Rada suprême (parlement) a approuvé un document autorisant la libération de l'ex-chef du gouvernement ukrainien.

    Mme Timochenko a été condamnée à sept ans de prisons à la fin de 2011 pour avoir signé en 2009, sans l'aval du gouvernement qu'elle dirigeait à l'époque, des contrats gaziers avec la Russie à un prix jugé pénalisant pour l'Ukraine. Depuis mai 2012, elle se trouve à l'hôpital de Kharkov.

    Depuis le début des poursuites judiciaires à son encontre, l'affaire Timochenko a envenimé les relations entre Kiev et l'Union européenne, qui considère son procès comme étant politisé.
    http://fr.ria.ru/world/20140222/200554875.html
    22/2/14

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  28. Делегация Европарламента вылетела в Киев для встреч с депутатами Верховной Рады...

    БРЮССЕЛЬ, 22 февраля. /Корр. ИТАР-ТАСС Александр Шишло/. Делегация Европарламента /ЕП/ во главе с руководителем комитета по иностранным делам Эльмаром Броком вылетела 22 февраля в Киев для встреч с депутатами Верховной Рады. Об этом сообщил корр. ИТАР-ТАСС представитель пресс- службы ЕП.

    По его словам, целью двухдневной поездки делегации в составе 12 депутатов является оказание поддержки процессу урегулирования политического кризиса на Украине.
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994286
    22/2/14

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  29. Ukraine: Rada ernennt Protestführer zum neuen Innenminister...

    Die Oberste Rada (ukrainisches Parlament) hat am Samstag Arsen Awakow von der Oppositionspartei Batkiwschtschyna zum interimistischen Innenminister ernannt.

    Für Awakow, Mitstreiter der inhaftierten Ex-Regierungschefin Julia Timoschenko und einen der Führer der Proteste in Kiew, stimmten 275 der 324 anwesenden Abgeordneten, wie ein Korrespondent der RIA Novosti aus Rada berichtet. Laut Parlamentschef Alexander Turtschinow bleibt Awakow bis zur Bildung einer Koalitionsregierung im Amt.

    Nach der Ernennung sagte Awakow, dass das Innenministerium nun an der Seite der Demonstranten stehe. „Die Organe des Innenministeriums sind auf die Seite der Protestteilnehmer gewechselt“, so der neue Minister im ukrainischen Fernsehen.............http://de.ria.ru/politics/20140222/267890449.html
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  30. Советник президента, народный депутат фракции Партии регионов Анна Герман опровергает сведения о том, что президент Украины Виктор Янукович подал в отставку...

    Отвечая на вопрос агентства "Интерфакс", соответствует ли действительности появившаяся информация об отставке главы государства, Герман сказала: "Нет!". Она также сообщила, что президент находится в Харькове, он пообщался с журналистами и выступил на местном телевидении. Герман назвала сообщения об отставке "спекуляциями и попыткой силой захватить власть".......http://rus.ruvr.ru/2014_02_22/Sovetnik-JAnukovicha-oprovergaet-informaciju-o-ego-otstavke-6564/
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    1. Депутат партии "Батькивщина": в Раде ожидают письменного заявления Януковича об отставке....

      В парламенте Украины ожидают письменного заявления Виктора Януковича об отставке с поста главы государства. Об этом заявил сегодня журналистам на брифинге депутат от партии "Батькивщина" Николай Катеринчук.

      "Устное заявление от Виктора Януковича мы получили. Теперь ожидаем письменное", - сказал он.
      http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994336
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  31. Депутаты Верховной Рады выходят из Партии регионов...

    Еще шесть депутатов Верховной рады покинули фракцию Партии регионов. Об этом сообщило украинское информагентство УНИАН со ссылкой на нового спикера Александра Турчинова

    За время политического кризиса на Украине фракцию Партии регионов покинули 42 депутата. В пятницу президент Виктор Янукович и лидеры оппозиции подписали соглашение об урегулировании кризиса, которое предусматривает возврат к конституции 2004 года, формирование правительства народного единства и проведение досрочных президентских выборов.
    Читать полностью: http://rus.ruvr.ru/2014_02_22/Deputati-Verhovnoj-Radi-vihodjat-iz-Partii-regionov-6738/
    22/2/14

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  32. Пушков утверждает, что Тимошенко уже на свободе....

    "По моей информации, Тимошенко выпустили, она освобождена, сейчас она находится в Харькове. За ней едет дочь, и после она уезжает в Киев", - сообщил "Интерфаксу" Пушков, который в данный момент находится в Харькове, где присутствовал на съезде представителей юго-восточных регионов Украины.
    Читать полностью: http://rus.ruvr.ru/2014_02_22/Pushkov-utverzhdaet-chto-Timoshenko-uzhe-na-svobode-1402/
    22/2/14

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  33. СМИ: министр обороны Украины Павел Лебедев вылетел в Крым...

    Министр обороны Украины Павел Лебедев вылетел в Крым. Об этом сообщает агентство УНИАН. При этом, как утверждает агентство, своих полномочий он никому не передал.
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994364
    22/2/14

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  34. Происходящие на Украине события профинансированы "иностранными агентами влияния". Об этом сообщил депутат Верховной Рады от Партии регионов Вадим Колесниченко.

    "Ситуация, которая сложилась в Киеве, готовилась не один год. Иностранные агенты влияния влили в государственный переворот за последние несколько лет более 10 млрд долларов. В агентов, которые работают в Верховном Совете под прикрытием так называемых неправительственных организаций", - сказал депутат.

    Ранее он назвал происходящее на Украине "государственным переворотом, организованным Европой и США".

    "Происходящие сегодня на Украине события - это государственный переворот. Депутатам поступают угрозы, их семьи практически является заложниками", - сказал Колесниченко.

    "Стране необходимы перемены. Каждый регион должен развиваться пропорционально вносимому им вкладу в экономику страны", - подчеркнул он.
    Читать полностью: http://rus.ruvr.ru/news/2014_02_22/Deputat-ot-PR-Kolesnichenko-Inostrannie-agenti-vlijanija-vlili-v-gosperevorot-na-Ukraine-bolee-10-mlrd-9210/
    22/2/14

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  35. Media: Ukrainian defence minister leaves for Crimea...

    Ukrainian Defence Minister Pavel Lebedev has left for Crimea, UNIAN News Agency runs.

    The news agency reports that the defence minister has not given his powers to anyone.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720467
    22/2/14

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  36. Ukrainian parliament waits for Yanukovich’s written statement on resignation...

    Ukraine’s parliament is waiting for a written statement from President Viktor Yanukovich on the resignation, deputy Nikolai Katerinchuk of the Batkivshchina party said.

    “We’ve received Viktor Yanukovich’s oral declaration. At present, we’re waiting for the written statement,” Katerinchuk said.

    However, he declined to comment how an oral statement had been received.

    At present, parliamentarians are at a conference hall. The Verkhovna Rada leadership is absent.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720466
    22/2/14

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  37. Тимошенко покинет харьковскую клинику до конца 22 февраля...

    КИЕВ, 22 февраля. /ИТАР-ТАСС/. Экс-премьер Украины Юлия Тимошенко покинет харьковскую клинику "Укрзализныци" до конца 22 февраля. Об этом корр.ИТАР-ТАСС сообщил источник в ближайшем окружении Тимошенко.

    "Сейчас готовятся документы, связанные с освобождением Тимошенко, решаем вопрос с ее переездом", - сказал источник........http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994411
    22/2/14

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  38. President Yanukovych resigns - Ukrainian MP....

    Ukrainian President Yanukovych has resigned, Ukrainian MP Andrei Pinchuk just said to the "Voice of capital/Kiev". "We're waitin for written confirmation", he added.
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_22/President-Yanukovych-resigns-Ukrainian-MP-1964/
    22/2/14

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  39. Party of Region: Foreign agents spent over $10 billion to organise coup d’etat in Ukraine....

    KHARKOV, February 22, 17:28 /ITAR-TASS/. Tass) - The events in Ukraine have been financed by “foreign agents of influence”, Party of Regions deputy Vadim Kolesnichenko told Itar-Tass.

    “It took years to prepare the situation in Ukraine. Foreign agents of influence invested over 10 billion dollars in the coup d’etat and in agents, who work in the Verkhovna Rada under the cover of non-governmental organisations,” Kolesnichenko said.

    Earlier, the deputy described the events in Ukraine “a coup d’etat organised by Europe and the United States”.

    “Today’s events in Ukraine are a coup d’etat. Deputies have been posed threats and very often their families are hostages,” he said, adding “The country needs changes. Every region should develop proportionately with the contribution to the country’s economy.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720463
    22/2/14

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  40. СМИ: Янукович события в стране расценивает как госпереворот...

    Янукович в отставку не собирается, а происходящие в стране события расценивает как госпереворот. Об этом сообщило агентство УНИАН со ссылкой на Герман

    Также не подтверждает отставку Януковича и постоянный представитель президента Украины в Верховной Раде Юрий Мирошниченко.
    http://itar-tass.com/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/994423
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  41. Television: Ex-premier Timoshenko freed...

    Relatives have left for Kharkov to meet her. Timoshenko will be also met by representatives of the European Parliament, Timoshenko’s daughter, Yevgeniya, told Verkhovna Rada.

    Ex-premier Yulia Timoshenko has freed, television reported.

    Relatives have left for Kharkov to meet her. Timoshenko will be also met by representatives of the European Parliament, Timoshenko’s daughter, Yevgeniya, told Verkhovna Rada.

    “In compliance with international law and in compliance with Ukrainian law my mother is a free person,” she said.

    “We’re leaving for Kharkov to meet her. My mother has been freed under laws,” she added.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720457
    22/2/14

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  42. Ukraine's Yanukovych declares coup d'état, not going to resign - President's adviser

    Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych declares a coup d'état and is not going to resign, the mass media report citing the Ukrainian President's adviser.

    Voice of Russia, RIA
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_22/Ukraines-Yanukovych-declares-coup-d-tat-not-going-to-resign-Presidents-adviser-3722/
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  43. Ukrainian parliament votes to oust Yanukovych, to hold presidential elections May 25....

    The Ukrainian parliament declared President Viktor Yanukovich constitutionally unable to carry out his duties on Saturday and set an early election for May 25.

    Deputies in the assembly stood, applauded and sang the national anthem.

    Voice of Russia, RIA, Reuters, AFP
    http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_02_22/Ukraine-parliament-votes-to-oust-Yanukovych-to-hold-presidential-elections-May-25-6087/
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  44. Ukrainian MPs vote to oust President Yanukovych...

    Ukrainian MPs have voted to oust President Yanukovych and hold early presidential elections on 25 May.

    The vote came barely an hour after Mr Yanukovych said in a televised address that he would not resign.

    Protesters have walked unchallenged into the president's office and residential compounds.

    Also on Saturday, prominent opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko walked free from prison in the eastern city of Kharkiv.

    A BBC correspondent saw Tymoshenko driven away in a car after leaving hospital.

    MPs had voted to pave the way for her release on Friday. She was sentenced to seven years in prison in 2011 for abuse of power.

    Her supporters have always maintained this was simply Mr Yanukovych taking out his most prominent opponent, and her release has always been a key demand of the protest movement.
    MPs 'beaten'

    The opposition is now in effective control of the capital Kiev, with Mr Yanukovych now in Kharkiv, near the Russian border...........http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-26304842
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  45. John McCain slams Obama on Ukraine: "Most naive president in history"...

    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., a frequent critic of President Obama's foreign policy, blamed the administration's "naive" approach to dealing with Russia for the recent outbreak of political violence in Ukraine.

    Dozens of people have been killed over the last several days in clashes with police in Kiev during anti-government protests. Demonstrators are protesting against the Ukrainian government's recent turn away from tighter integration with the European Union in favor of closer ties to Russia.

    Pointing to the attempted "reset" of U.S.-Russian relations during the president's first term, McCain told Phoenix radio station KFYI on Thursday that Mr. Obama is "the most naive president in history."

    "The naivete of Barack Obama and [Secretary of State] John Kerry is stunning," he said. He added that Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he described as "amoral," "cold," "distant," and "tough," had "played us so incredibly."

    McCain and Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., have called for targeted sanctions against the regime in Ukraine to protest the deadly attacks on protesters, and McCain underscored the necessity of U.S. action on Thursday.

    "This thing could easily spiral out of control into a major international crisis," he said. "The first thing we need to do is impose sanctions on those people who are in leadership positions."

    And McCain warned that Putin, who currently has his hands full as his country hosts the Winter Olympics in Sochi, could move more aggressively to secure Russia's stake in Ukraine after the games are over.................http://www.cbsnews.com/news/john-mccain-slams-obama-on-ukraine-most-naive-president-in-history/
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  46. Ukraine: le Parlement destitue Ianoukovitch et annonce des élections anticipées (direct)...

    Le président Ianoukovitch dénonce un coup d’Etat et assure qu’il ne démissionnera pas. L’opposition s’est emparée des organes du pouvoir. L’armée refuse de s’impliquer dans le conflit. L’évolution de la situation en direct.

    Le président Ianoukovitch a quitté Kiev pour se rendre dans son fief de Kharkiv, à l’est du pays. Les manifestants ont pris le contrôle du palais présidentiel.

    L’opposition s’est emparée des organes du pouvoir. Le nouveau parlement a destitué Viktor Ianoukovitch et décidé de l’organisation d’élections présidentielles anticipées le 25 mai. L’opposante et ancienne Premier ministre emprisonnée depuis trois ans Ioulia Timochenko a été libérée.

    Dans une allocution à la télévision, le président a dénoncé un « coup d’Etat » et assuré qu’il n’a « pas l’intention de démissionner ».

    La Russie critique l’opposition et parle de menace pour la souveraineté de l’Ukraine.

    L’armée a quant à elle annoncé qu’elle ne «sera impliquée en aucune manière » dans le conflit.

    Dans les rues de Kiev, le calme règne. La police est confinée dans les casernes.
    http://www.lesoir.be/475802/article/actualite/monde/2014-02-22/ukraine-parlement-destitue-ianoukovitch-et-annonce-des-elections-anticipees-dire
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  47. US interferes in what Ukrainians should decide themselves – Congressman....

    The Ukrainians should be left alone and allowed to make their own decision regarding the direction their nation wants to go to, says UC congressman Dana Rohrabacher. However, internally, a right to protest should be realized by ballot, not violence.

    In the midst of all the fighting and political disagreement in Kiev and all across the country, foreign political interests are also at play in Ukraine.

    Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, who is also the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Panel on Europe, slammed his colleagues for taking sides in the turmoil saying no one knows for sure who started the violence in Ukraine and accused the protesters of using “brute force.”

    RT: I want to get your take on the protesters, because it is different from many of your other colleagues in Congress. Why are they being presented in your opinion as peaceful protesters in the mainstream media? Is that how you see them?

    Dana Rohrabacher: [The protesters] represent a large segment of the Ukrainian population, but we have to remember, Ukraine is a very divided country. You have about half the country that really wants closer relations with Russia, and the other half of the country wants closer relations – more of a European tilt – to their country. These are two diametrically opposed positions and people feel very strongly about it.

    Well, these types of issues should be settled at the ballot box and I’m just wondering, first of all, what is this idea about having foreign countries signing off to an agreement between Ukrainians themselves. That’s kind of odd that this government and that government signed off on the agreement. This should be left up to the people and it should be settled not on the streets but by balloting and if they didn’t like what their government was doing they should kick them out in the next election.................http://rt.com/op-edge/ukraine-us-political%20interests-270/
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  48. Ukrainian protesters to become police officers...

    Demonstrators from opposition groups who fought against the police at the Independence Square in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, will be recruited as police officers, Ukraine's Interior Ministry says.
    KIEV, Ukraine

    The Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on Monday that it would recruit some of the protesters who clashed with the security forces during the anti-government protests.

    Members of opposition groups, including the right-wing Pravyi Sektor, which fought back against the police at the Independence Square in the capital, Kiev, will be recruited by the Interior Ministry as police officers, said Arsen Avakhov, the country's acting interior minister.

    Avakhov also said the recruited protesters would decide strategies with the police from now on.

    Pravyi Sektor joined the protesters to "defend the Independence Square" during the clashes. The group embodied other groups to fight back against the security forces...............http://www.aa.com.tr/en/rss/292593--ukrainian-protesters-to-become-police-officers
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  49. Ukraine’s parliament decides to prosecute Yanukovych through International Criminal Court....

    The Ukrainian parliament approved on Tuesday in first reading the decision to appeal to the International Criminal Court to bring to justice Viktor Yanukovych and other officials “for crimes against humanity during peaceful protest rallies between November 30, 2013 and February 22, 2014”.

    The decision was supported by 339 deputies, well above the minimum of 226 votes.

    By this decision has been approved the corresponding statement of the parliament, according to which Ukraine recognizes the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court.

    The statement says that “within three months, law enforcement agencies in Ukraine, instructed by the state’s high-ranking officials, were unlawfully applying measures of physical coercion, impact munition and arms towards participants of peaceful demonstrations in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities”.................http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720870
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  50. Ukraine: Sevastopol installs pro-Russian mayor as separatism fears grow....

    Moscow shows its influence in Crimean city amid fears the whole peninsula could seek deeper ties with Russia.

    Authorities in the southern Ukrainian city of Sevastopol have installed a pro-Russian mayor as fears grow that the Kremlin may be stoking separatist sentiment in the region.

    Sevastopol's city council handed power to Aleksei Chaliy, a Russian citizen, during an extraordinary session on Monday evening while more than a thousand protesters gathered around city hall chanting "Russia, Russia, Russia," and "A Russian mayor for a Russian city."

    Fears are spreading that separatists in Sevastopol, and the Crimean region of which it is a part, could use the power vacuum in Ukraine to seize greater autonomy and deepen ties with Russia.

    It was not immediately clear whether local security forces would back Chaliy, but earlier in the day Sevastopol police chief Alexander Goncharov said that his officers would refuse to carry out "criminal orders" issued by Kiev.

    At least four checkpoints manned by armed police were in place on major roads into the city to stop the arrival of extremists, according to local media reports.

    Ukraine's interim president, Olexander Turchynov, warned on Tuesday that the country faced a "serious threat" from separatism..................http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/25/ukraine-sevastopol-installs-pro-russian-mayor
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  51. Ukraine leader warns of 'signs of separatism',,,,,Formation of new government on hold, as White House speaks of leadership gap caused by Yanukovich's exit.....

    Ukraine's acting president is to hold talks with law enforcement agencies to discuss "the dangerous signs of separatism" following the departure of Viktor Yanukovich.

    Oleksander Turchinov, speaker of the assembly and Ukrainian acting president, made the comments during a parliamentary session on Tuesday but gave no further details. Some Russian-speaking parts of the country oppose Yanukovich's overthrow and attempts to bring the country closer to Europe, Reuters news agency reported.

    Also on Tuesday, Ukraine's parliament put off plans to vote on the formation of a national unity government until Thursday to allow consultations to continue. The vote had been expected to take place during Tuesday's session as that was the deadline Turchinov had given at the weekend.

    Politicians have been trying to stabilise the country after the disappearance of Yanukovich and months of violence..................http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2014/02/ukraine-leader-warns-signs-separatism-20142251121772619.html
    25/2/14

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  52. Ukraine's Ambassador to the UN, Yuriy Sergeyev openly criticized former President Viktor Yanukovich, comparing him to former USSR communist leader Leonid Brezhnev.....

    Ukraine's Ambassador said he began to support the Ukrainian anti-government demonstrators on December 1st last year. He also declared that the entire staff of the Ukrainian Mission to the United Nations in New York supports this also.

    Sergeyev also reaffirmed that the main direction for his country is to be associated with the European Union.

    Speaking to reporters in the UN Headquarters, he said “I am grateful to the Secretary General and all his staff for the permanent support during all these days, starting from December 2nd.” He stressed that the UN “made a strong statement on Ukraine which was echoed by the High Commissioner of Human Rights (Navy Pilay) in Geneva.”

    The UN Secretary General’s special envoy Robert Serry, who currently serves as the UN Special coordinator for the Middle East peace process, is on the scene in Ukraine with EU’s Foreign Affairs Commissioner, Lady Catherine Ashton............http://www.aa.com.tr/en/news/292703--ukrainian-ambassador-to-un-criticizes-yanukovich
    25/2/14

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  53. Ukrainian parliament leaves for recess until February 27 for consultations...

    The Ukrainian parliament has left for recess for consultations to discuss the creation of parliamentary majority and the formation of a new government, Oleksandr Turchynov, the parliament’s new speaker, said, adding the session would resume its work on February 27.
    http://en.itar-tass.com/world/720880
    25/2/14

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