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Europe's East 03-02-2015

Klitschko faces anti-war protestors in Kyiv

A pro-Russian, anti-war rally was held in front of Kyiv city hall on Wednesday (28 January), Mayor Vitaly Klitschko faced the protestors and told them not to let themselves be manipulated by hostile propaganda.
Global Europe 25-02-2014

The death of Putin’s dream

Ukraine’s former ruler, Viktor Yanukovich, has boxed Russian President Putin into a hole in which he has few acceptable options, write Martin Nunn and Martin Foley in Kyiv. 
Europe's East 25-02-2014

Kyiv – in memoriam; Brussels – think big; Moscow – big rethink

Within days the EU will have to decide what it can offer to help a new democratic and reformist administration survive enormous financial and economic as well as political challenges. Therefore the EU now has to think big and fast, writes Michael Emerson.
Enlargement 24-02-2014

Is the EU ready for Ukraine membership?

When the scar-faced Viktor Yushchenko emerged from the bowels of the Orange revolution as the new president of Ukraine in 2005, it seemed like Europe was at his feet. Today, Ukraine is standing at the geopolitical crossroads again, writes Ainius Lasas.
Europe's East 21-02-2014

EU-mediated Ukraine agreement “gives peace a chance”

Ukraine opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich today (21 February), aiming to end a violent standoff that has killed at least 77 people and opening the way for an early presidential election this year.
Europe's East 21-02-2014

EU shocked by gruesome Kyiv massacre

The European Union agreed yesterday (20 February) to impose sanctions on those responsible for deadly violence in Ukraine and warned it would ratchet up the pressure if the situation there got worse. At least 39 people were killed yesterday in central Kyiv, many by snipers or machine-gun fire. Three EU ministers are in Kyiv to help negotiate a peace plan.
Europe's East 20-02-2014

‘Truce’ in Kyiv as EU foreign ministers gather in Brussels

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said he reached an agreement with opposition leaders on a "truce" to halt the fighting that has so far killed 28 people. The United States has stepped up pressure by imposing travel bans on 20 senior Ukrainian officials and EU ministers gather in Brussels today (20 February) to discuss possible sanctions on Ukrainian officials.
Europe's East 19-02-2014

Pressure grows on EU to hit Ukraine regime with sanctions

The EU's 28 foreign ministers will gather in Brussels for an emergency meeting on Thursday (20 February) to discuss possible sanctions against the Ukrainian leadership after at least 26 people were killed in the crackdown against pro-EU protesters in Kyiv. 
Europe's East 19-02-2014

Will Ukraine become a new flashpoint on Europe’s map?

The situation in Ukraine is developing very rapidly. Over several months, Ukraine has gone through peaceful opposition to a situation where a de facto state of emergency has been introduced in the country, writes Viktor Sokolov.
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Europe's East 19-02-2014

EU Barroso calls for sanctions against Ukraine as violence escalates

Following the escalation of violence between anti-government protesters and riot police in Ukraine, European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso called on EU member states on Wednesday to agree on "targeted" sanctions against the Ukrainian authorities. "It was with shock and utter dismay that we have been watching developments over the last 24 hours in Ukraine. There are no circumstances that can legitimise or justify such scenes." Barroso said.
Europe's East 19-02-2014

Yanukovich’s attempt to quell protests meets fierce resistance

Ukrainian riot police fought protesters occupying a central Kyiv square early today (19 February) after the bloodiest day since the former Soviet republic, caught in a geopolitical struggle between Russia and the West, won its independence. At least 22 people have lost their lives in less than 24 hours. 
Europe's East 18-02-2014

Kremlin comforts battered Yanukovich with cash injection

Russia said yesterday (17 February) it would give Ukraine a fresh cash injection of $2 billion (€1.46 billion) to support its heavily indebted economy, a boost to the embattled president in Kyiv.
Europe's East 17-02-2014

Ukraine needs a ‘2004 plus’ constitution

The present constitutional debate in Ukraine offers the chance for a basic law of the country based on the 2004 constitution, but upgraded to EU standards, opening the way to establish an EU-like judiciary in the country, writes Ina Kirsch.
Europe's East 17-02-2014

EU welcomes end of Ukrainian protestors’ City Hall occupation

Ukrainian opposition protesters ended a two-month occupation of the City Hall in Kyiv yesterday (16 February), reaching an amnesty offer aimed at easing a stand-off over President Viktor Yanukovich's rule. The Commission president, José Manuel Barroso, welcomed the move. 
Europe's East 12-02-2014

Wasn’t the Eastern Partnership economic dimension underestimated?

The political crisis in Ukraine which entered into an active phase after the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius is forcing the European Union to reconsider its Eastern policy, writes Yuriy Kochevenko.
Europe's East 11-02-2014

Compromise with the Ukrainian authorities is tricky

Several examples in recent weeks such as the adoption of an amnesty law which in fact could send to prison protestors for up to 8 years show that the Ukrainian government tries to buy time and keep its grip over the country, writes Iev Strygul. 
Europe's East 10-02-2014

Mass rally marks Yanukovich’s return from Sochi

Ukrainian protesters kept up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich yesterday (9 February) with a mass rally where opposition leaders called for an end to his "dictatorial" powers. Yanukovich met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Sochi Winter Olympics on Friday.
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Europe's East 07-02-2014

EU press teases Commission over F-word

The European Commission refused to comment on the crude language about the EU used by top US diplomat Victoria Nuland, after a voice recording of her saying "F**k the EU" was published on YouTube.
Global Europe 07-02-2014

US envoy says ‘F**k the EU’ in leaked recording

Victoria Nuland, the United States' top diplomat for Europe and Eurasia, apologised yesterday (6 February) after a voice recording of her using crude language about the EU with the US ambassador to Kyiv was published on YouTube.
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Europe's East 06-02-2014

MEPs call for sanctions against Ukraine

In a debate in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday, MEPs called for sanctions against the Ukrainian government.
Europe's East 06-02-2014

Füle says EU role in Ukraine is to avoid ‘worst-case scenarios’

Enlargement and Neighbourhood Commissioner Štefan Füle told the European Parliament yesterday (5 February) that the EU’s role in Ukraine was to facilitate dialogue and avoid ‘worst-case scenarios’, including a state of emergency. The Parliament is expected to adopt a resolution on Ukraine today, with seven drafts having already been tabled by MEPs.
Europe's East 05-02-2014

EU to step in as mediator in Ukraine

The EU is ready to delegate high-level representatives to act as mediators in talks between the opposition and the authorities in Ukraine, Vitali Klitschko, leader of the opposition UDAR party was quoted as saying today (5 February) after talks in Kyiv with the EU’s foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton.
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Europe's East 04-02-2014

Barroso plays down reports of large-scale aid for Ukraine

The European Union played down reports on Monday that it was working on a large aid package to help Ukraine through its economic crisis, saying it had no intention of getting into a bidding war with Moscow to buy Ukraine's loyalty.
Europe's East 04-02-2014

Russia, West say new Ukraine government is condition for aid

The United States and the European Union are in preliminary discussions on possible financial assistance for Ukraine once a new government is formed, a State Department spokeswoman said yesterday (3 February). Russian President Vladimir Putin has also said Moscow would wait until a new government was formed before releasing aid to Ukraine.