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Ousted Prez: Ukraine Gov't a 'Gang of Fascists,' Civil War Looms

Crimea parliament adopts 'declaration of independence'

(Newser) - Ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich blasted his country's new government today as a "gang of fascists," saying that it was paving the way toward civil war. Speaking from Russia, Yanukovich said he was still commander-in-chief and that "I will be back in Kiev," and called... More »

Russia: Ukraine Ultimatum Report 'Total Nonsense'

Denies it threatened attack if Ukrainian forces failed to withdraw

(Newser) - Russia is hitting back at earlier reports that it had issued an ultimatum to Ukraine, with RT quoting a Defense Ministry spokesman as saying it's "total nonsense." "We’re interested in keeping friendly relations with the people of Ukraine and in preserving stability," another defense... More »

Ukraine Breaks Up Elite Cop Unit Accused of Brutality

As hunt continues for ousted president Yanukovich

(Newser) - Ukraine's elite Berkut anti-riot police unit has been disbanded by the country's acting interior minister after the unit was accused of brutality and blamed for the deaths of protesters. Arsen Avakov said he will give more details about what will happen to the 4,000 to 5,000... More »

Ukraine Parliament Hands Presidency to Tymoshenko Ally

Parliament speaker gives MPs til Tuesday to form government; Yanukovych still missing

(Newser) - The whereabouts and legitimacy of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych are still unclear today, after he left the capital and archrival Yulia Tymoshenko was freed from prison and returned to Kiev to address a massive, adoring crowd . Ukraine's newly emboldened legislature voted today to hand the president's powers to... More »

Protesters Give Ex-Ukraine PM Mixed Reaction

Yulia Tymoshenko tells them, 'You are all heroes!'

(Newser) - Ukrainian opposition icon and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko arrived today at a Kiev protest camp after being released from a hospital where she was incarcerated. "You are heroes, you are the best thing in Ukraine!" she said of those killed in the violence, looking tired and speaking... More »

Ukraine Scraps Protest Ban as PM Quits to 'Calm Crisis'

Azarov resignation unlikely to appease protesters

(Newser) - The prime minister of protest-torn Ukraine has submitted his resignation, saying he hopes the move would help bring peaceful resolution to the crisis that has gripped the country for two months. Mykola Azarov's resignation would remove one of the figures most despised by the opposition. Hours later, parliament repealed... More »

Dozens Hurt as Huge Ukraine Protest Turns Violent

Crowd tries to storm president's office

(Newser) - A protest by about 300,000 Ukrainians angered by their government's decision to freeze integration with the West turned violent late yesterday, when a group of demonstrators besieged President Viktor Yanukovych's office in Kiev and police drove them back with truncheons, tear gas, and flash grenades. Dozens of... More »

Fists Fly, Men Wrestle in Ukraine Parliament

Opposition lawmakers swarmed the podium, too

(Newser) - Ukraine's newly elected parliament today approved two presidential allies for the posts of prime minister and parliament speaker—but the buzzier news of the day was the violent brawl that preceded it. The Party of Regions led by President Viktor Yanukovych secured a majority after an October election condemned... More »

Ukraine's Tymoshenko Sentenced to 7 Years

Former PM's trial said to be politically motivated

(Newser) - Ukraine's former PM Yulia Tymoshenko was convicted of exceeding her powers today and given a seven-year prison sentence in a trial that US and European leaders have called politically motivated. The charges centered around Tymoshenko ordering a state gas company to sign a deal with Russia in 2009 that... More »

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