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Ukraine interim President Turchynov calls for closer ties with EU

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Interim President Oleksandr Turchynov said Sunday Ukraine must "return to the family of European countries" and will work more closely with the European Union.
London has 'extreme' concerns about Ukrainian unrest

London has 'extreme' concerns about Ukrainian unrest

LONDON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- British Minister for Europe David Lidington said Thursday he summoned the Ukrainian envoy to express his "extreme concern" over political violence in Kiev.

Dialogue, not death, needed in Ukraine, Pillay says

GENEVA, Switzerland, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday what Ukraine needs is a national dialogue to resolve a political crisis, not violence.

Kiev tells U.S. to stay out of its affairs

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The United States and its allies are called on to stop meddling in Ukraine's political affairs, a spokesman for the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday.

'Urgent' reforms needed in Ukraine, EU's Fule says

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- European Neighborhood Policy Commissioner Stefan Fule said Thursday it is up to Ukraine to chart a durable political future.

Serious talks needed in Kiev, EU's Fule says

STRASBOURG, France, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Peaceful talks are the only thing that can break a vicious cycle of political violence in Ukraine, EU Commissioner for Neighborhood Policy Stefan Fule said.

Ukraine: Yanukovych allies consider early elections, then pull back

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- A member of President Viktor Yanukovych's party backed off a statement by an ally on early Ukraine elections demanded by anti-government protesters.
Ukraine's grim vacuum

Ukraine's grim vacuum

WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- The verbal support given over the weekend by top United States and European officials to the embattled opposition in Ukraine has not greatly clarified the country's prospects.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus
Yanukovych signs repeal of anti-protest law

Yanukovych signs repeal of anti-protest law

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- President Viktor Yanukovych Friday approved a law granting provisional amnesty to detained protesters and the repeal of a law restricting protests in Ukraine.
Ukrainian president goes on sick leave, leaves negotiations up in air

Ukrainian president goes on sick leave, leaves negotiations up in air

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych took sick leave Thursday, leaving negotiations with anti-government officials over the country's crisis up in the air.

Medvedev: Ukraine asks for gas payment break

MOSCOW, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said the Ukrainian government has requested a delay in paying its debt for purchases of Russian natural gas.

Putin: Russia won't rescind loans, gas price cuts for Ukraine

BRUSSELS, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Moscow won't rescind the loans and gas price cuts it signed with Ukraine despite its change in government, Russian President Vladimir Putin said this week.

Ashton, Yanukovych meet face-to-face

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych met Wednesday with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to discuss the crisis in his country, his office said.
Amnesty bill under consideration by Ukrainian parliament

Amnesty bill under consideration by Ukrainian parliament

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 29 (UPI) -- The Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament, met for a second day of an emergency parliamentary session to consider an amnesty bill.
JC Finley
Ukraine president accepts resignation of PM Mykola Azarov, Cabinet

Ukraine president accepts resignation of PM Mykola Azarov, Cabinet

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Ukraine president accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his Cabinet, instructing ministers to work until a new government is formed.

EU sending MEPs to Ukraine for two-day visit

BRUSSELS, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The European Parliament said Tuesday it expected a delegation of lawmakers would travel later this week to Ukraine to discuss the unsteady political climate.
Ukrainian parliament repeals anti-protest law; prime minister resigns

Ukrainian parliament repeals anti-protest law; prime minister resigns

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian parliament convened Tuesday for a special session to discuss the political crisis, with lawmakers overwhelmingly voting to rescind nine pieces of anti-democratic legislation that were passed January 16.
JC Finley

Ukrainian protesters, police agree to 'period of silence' during talks

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Ukrainian protesters and police say they agreed to a temporary truce Thursday while opposition leaders hold talks with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.

Three reported killed in anti-government protests in Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- At least three people were killed Wednesday as violence amped up between protesters and riot police in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, officials said.

Ukraine president's home destination of protest motorcade

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- A long motorcade filed past the residence of Ukraine's president Sunday to protest the government's leanings toward Russia, police said.

Ukraine: Kiev opposition falls short in latest no-confidence bid

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- The leader of the main opposition party in Ukraine said the latest move for the resignation of the current government fell short Tuesday by 19 votes.

Azarov says Ukraine and Russia agree to settle natural gas dispute

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said his country and Russia agreed to work to settle a longstanding natural gas price dispute.

Ashton gets association assurances from Kiev

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Wednesday she had assurances from Kiev that Ukraine remained interested in signing an association agreement.

Kiev court gives protesters 5 days to clear building blockades

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Anti-government protesters have five days to end their blockade of administrative buildings in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, a court ruled.

Anti-government protesters block Ukraine's Central Bank

KIEV, Ukraine, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Demonstrators blocked public buildings, including Ukraine's Central Bank, in Kiev Wednesday after lawmakers the day before defeated a no-confidence vote.
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