About: Viktor Yanukovych

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Europe's East 04-03-2014

EU calls emergency summit on Ukraine

In what could be seen as a bid to ease tensions between Russia and the west, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia sees no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine... for now. Putin stressed that the use force would be 'a choice of last resort'. But the Russian president warned western powers that imposing sanctions against Russia would be 'counter-productive', after the US and the EU threatened Moscow on Monday with sanctions if Russian troops do not withdraw from the region.
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Europe's East 04-03-2014

EU threatens Russia with sanctions over Crimea invasion

EU Foreign Affairs ministers urged Russia on Monday to withdraw its troops from the Ukrainian region of Crimea or face possible 'targeted measures'.
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Europe's East 03-03-2014

EU leaders condemn Russia’s invasion of Crimea, suspend G8 Sochi summit preparations

EU leaders and the international community have strongly condemned Russia's invasion of the Ukrainian region of Crimea, after thousands of Russian troops seized control of the area over the weekend. Ukraine already mobilised for war on Sunday. EU foreign affairs ministers are meeting on Monday in Brussels to seek for a common response to the crisis, which has already been dubbed the biggest confrontation between Russia and the West since the fall of the Soviet Union in the late '90.
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Europe's East 24-02-2014

EU Ashton in Kiev as new government accuses ousted Yanukovich of mass murder

The Ukrainian authorities announced on Monday that ousted president Viktor Yanukovich is wanted on an arrest warrant for mass murder, after Ukrainian police snipers shot anti-government protesters earlier last week. The Commission has so far declined to comment on the arrest warrant, as EU Foreign Affairs chief Catherine Ashton is in Kiev for discussions with party leaders about financial aid to Ukraine. The warrant was issued after Russian-backed Yanukovich fled Kiev by helicopter on Friday, in a failed attempt to reach Russia.
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Europe's East 13-02-2014

EU calls for ‘free and fair’ elections in Ukraine

EU Enlargement Commissioner Štefan Füle called on Ukrainian leaders and opposition on Thursday to form an 'inclusive' government and urged Kiev to ensure 'free and fair elections' in the crisis-hit country. In a 3 day visit to Kiev, in which he held talks with government and opposition, Füle insisted on the need for both sides to agree on constitutional reform, potentially limiting government powers.
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Global Europe 29-01-2014

Putin reaffirms loan, energy offer to Ukraine at EU-Russia summit

In his first meeting with EU leaders since violent anti-government protests began in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin travelled to Brussels on Tuesday to deliver one clear message: Russia's offer to Ukraine of a $15 billion loan and gas price reductions still remains on the table, even if the new government is run by the opposition. But Putin also warned that Russia would closely monitor Ukraine's economic policies to make sure it gets its money back.
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Europe's East 28-01-2014

EU calls for ‘adoption of amnesty law’ in Ukraine

After the Ukrainian Parliament abolished the 'anti-protest' laws on Tuesday, the European Commission urged the Ukrainian authorities to also grant amnesty to convicted protesters. 'Ukraine should adopt an amnesty law', European Commission spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde Hansen said on Tuesday in Brussels.
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Europe's East 27-01-2014

An ‘inclusive political process decisive’ for Ukraine’s stability, EU says

Asked by EURACTIV if the Commission was advising the Ukrainian opposition to opt for power sharing, spokesperson Pia Ahrenkilde-Hansen avoided a direct answer and insisted that Füle held meetings both with the opposition and the authorities. An “inclusive political process” is “decisive” for stability in Ukraine, she said. 'The first step is regaining the trust of the people by stopping the spiral of violence and intimidation.' Ahrenkilde-Hansen added.
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Europe's East 24-01-2014

Video shows Ukrainian police hitting and humiliating protester in freezing temperatures

An unidentified video released on Youtube shows Ukrainian police hitting and humiliating a protester who is completely naked in sub-zero temperatures. The man is forced to stand naked in the snow while police officers take pictures of him before he is pushed into a police. According to the Ukrainian daily Kiev Post, the incident happened last Tuesday. The Ukrainian police has issued an official apology and the Ukrainian Interior Ministry called the police officers' behaviour 'unacceptable'.
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Europe's East 24-01-2014

EU leaders visit Ukraine to mediate as violence spreads beyond Kyiv

As anti-government violent demonstrations spread across Ukraine, EU Enlargement commissioner Stefan Fule travelled to Kyiv on Friday in an attempt to calm tensions and help dialogue. Fule's trip comes after Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich held unsuccessful talks with opposition leaders on Thursday aimed at putting an end to over 2 months of unrest.
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Europe's East 23-01-2014

Barroso to Yanukovich: There will be consequences if violence does not stop in Ukraine

As the situation in Ukraine evolves toward civil war, Commission President José Manuel Barroso proposed on Thursday to send the EU’s top diplomats to Kyiv to help dialogue and calm down the situation. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich reportedly accepted the mediation and assured Barroso that he didn’t foresee to install a state of emergency in Ukraine.
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Europe's East 16-12-2013

EU suspends talks with Ukraine over Association Agreement

'Work on hold'. With these words, EU enlargement commissioner Stefan Füle announced on Sunday via twitter that Brussels is suspending further talks with Ukraine on a landmark trade and political pact. The Commission added that Kiev needs to show a "clear commitment to sign" the deal in order to continue the discussions.
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Europe's East 13-12-2013

Füle asks Ukraine to clarify intentions, warns of looming financial crisis

Thousands of anti-government protesters gathered in central Kiev, rebuilding barricades torn down by police yesterday (12 December) as the European Union held out a promise of increased aid for Ukraine if it signed an Association Agreement (AA). Ukraine's first deputy prime minister Serhiy Arbuzov flew to Brussels with a high-level delegation seeking billions of euros of aid from the EU in return for signing the agreement, which Kiev suddenly backed away from last month.
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Europe's East 12-12-2013

Ashton: Ukraine’s President Yanukovich will sign EU deal

As protestors in Kyiv continue to defy police, EU's foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton said on Wednesday that Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovich will sign the Association agreemtn with the EU. She also added that the people of Ukraine deserve better than their current situation, while an US envoy spoke for the first time of possible sanctions against Yanukovich's regime.
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Europe's East 11-12-2013

EU says Ukraine is ‘not a call for tender’ after PM requests €20billion in financial aid

Ukraine's Prime minister Mykola Azarov reportedly said on Wednesday that Kyiv is seeking €20 billion in financial aid from Brussels in order to sign the EU's association agreement. Reacting to the media reports, the Commission said that the future of Ukraine is 'not a call for tender'.
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Europe's East 11-12-2013

Riot police storm Kyiv protestors’ camp during Ashton visit

Ukrainian anti-riot forces took the central square of Kyiv by storm last night, clashing with protestors just hours after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton had met Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to repeat that the door remained open for him to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.
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Europe's East 09-12-2013

Ashton to visit Kyiv amid Ukraine’s anti-government protests

60.000 people, according to the Ukrainian police. Thousands more according to unofficial sources. This bird's eye view of Kyiv's Independence square shows the anti-government rally held in the Ukrainian capital on Sunday, the biggest street protest since the Orange Revolution over 10 years ago.
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Europe's East 09-12-2013

Ukrainians march in Kiev for anti-government, pro-EU protest

Thousands of Ukrainians took the streets of Kyiv on Sunday in the biggest anti-government protests in years, after Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich failed to sign a landmark pact with the European Union in favour of closer economic cooperation with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord.
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Europe's East 02-12-2013

Tymoshenko’s daughter: We all thought Yanukovich would sign

On the fourth day of a hunger strike by Yulia Tymoshenko, the jailed former prime minister and main political opponent of President Viktor Yanukovich, her daughter Yevhenia Tymoshenko gave an exclusive interview to EURACTIV in Vilnius.
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Europe's East 21-11-2013

Lithuanian Presidency thunderstuck by Ukraine’s decision to put its EU association on ice

>>Read article: Ukraine stuns EU by putting association deal on ice The Ukrainian government has published a decision to stop its preparations to sign an Association Agreement with the EU. The statement says that decision is adopted with the view to elaborate measures vis-a-vis “Russia and other countries from the Community of Independent states”.
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Europe's East 21-10-2013

Brussels tells Russia to stop pressuring Ukraine over closer EU ties

European foreign ministers have warned Russia to stop putting pressure on Ukraine, as the former Soviet country seeks closer ties with the EU. Gathering in Luxembourg on Monday, the EU's  foreign ministers are discussing Ukraine’s progress towards the signing of a free trade deal with the EU during the Eastern Partnership summit next November. But Moscow has been pressuring the ex-soviet member to join the Moscow-led customs union instead, reminding Ukraine of its heavy dependance on Russian gas.
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Europe's East 23-05-2013

EC on media freedom in Ukraine

EURACTIV senior journalist Georgi Gotev asks the European Commission about media freedom in Ukraine as two Ukranian journalists were allegedly beaten by supporters of president Viktor Yanukovych last weekend in Kiev. 

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