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Ukraine's PM Quits

Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived no-confidence vote in February, faced gridlock after

(Newser) - Ukraine's embattled prime minister announced Sunday that he is resigning, opening the way for the formation of a new government to end a drawn-out political crisis. In his weekly televised address, Arseniy Yatsenyuk said his resignation would be formally submitted to parliament on Tuesday, reports the AP . Yatsenyuk's... More »

'Dire' Ukraine Situation Getting Worse: US

Russia 'failing miserably' at peace as Kerry, other world leaders head to Kiev

(Newser) - Despite Vladimir Putin's posturing for a peaceful resolution to the Russia-Ukraine conflict , a senior US State Department official says Eastern Ukraine's security position is "dire" and Russia is "failing miserably" in its peace efforts, CNN reports. The official spoke today on John Kerry's plane as... More »

Ukraine PM: Coalition Has Collapsed, I Quit

Arseniy Yatsenyuk announces his resignation in latest blow to reeling nation

(Newser) - Another day, another blow to Ukraine: Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk took the dais in Parliament today to announce he's stepping down, reports the AP . "I am announcing my resignation in connect with the collapse of the coalition," said Yatsenyuk, saying that Parliament could no longer function after... More »

Ukraine PM: 'Russia Wants World War III'

Arseniy Yatsenyuk amps up rhetoric

(Newser) - Russia's incursion into the Ukraine could easily spill past its borders, Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said today, amping up his rhetoric against the Kremlin. "Attempts at military conflict in Ukraine will lead to a military conflict in Europe," he warned, in a TV appearance and web statement... More »

NATO: Russian Troops Look Ready to Move

Troops near Ukraine border aren't training, alliance says

(Newser) - Russian troops in more than 100 makeshift bases near the border with Ukraine are in an advanced state of readiness and could invade within 12 hours of getting orders from the Kremlin, NATO warns. A spokesman for the alliance says the huge Russian force seen in satellite images "can... More »

Separatists Declare Part of Ukraine Independent

Buildings in 3 cities in eastern Ukraine seized

(Newser) - Crimea first, eastern Ukraine next? Pro-Russia protesters last night seized government buildings in the cities of Kharkiv, Luhansk, and Donetsk in Ukraine's largely Russian-speaking east, waving Russian flags and demanding a referendum on joining Russia, reports Reuters. In Donetsk, separatists have dubbed the region an independent republic, and have... More »

Putin Officially Finishes Annexing Crimea

As Ukraine signs European Union trade pact

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin officially signed the bills completing Russia's annexation of Crimea today, hailing the move as a "remarkable event," the AP reports. It was one of the day's two auspicious signings; earlier, interim Ukrainian President Arseniy Yatsenyuk signed on to what Reuters refers to as a... More »

Obama: No One Wants 'Actual War With Russia'

Meanwhile, Ukrainian commander released after ultimatum

(Newser) - The US won't be sending troops to Crimea anytime soon. President Obama effectively ruled out a military response to Russia's land grab yesterday, USA Today reports. "We do not need to trigger an actual war with Russia," he told KSDK-TV , in an interview ostensibly about raising... More »

Now at Ukraine Border: 10K Russian Troops

Just an exercise, Moscow says ahead of Crimea vote

(Newser) - In what Moscow says is merely a training exercise, Russia has massed around 10,000 troops along its border with Ukraine two days before Crimea is set to vote on breaking away from the country to join Russia. Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk blasted the troop buildup as "... More »

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 »

Ukraine PM: We Won't Budge '1 Centimeter'

Yatsenyuk will head to Washington this week for Crimea talks

(Newser) - Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk will head to Washington this week for talks on the Crimea situation, Fox News reports. Yatsenyuk announced his US visit, which he said will seek a "resolution of the situation in Ukraine," after a government meeting. Meanwhile, Yatsenyuk was talking tough today, adds the... More »

Russia: Troops Are Staying Put

Obama faces test in Ukraine crisis

(Newser) - Russian troops won't leave the Ukraine until the situation is "normalized," foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said today, arguing that Russia was defending its own citizens by invading. The people who ousted pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovych "intend to make use of the fruits of their victory to... More »

Ukraine's Military At the Ready: Acting PM

But Arseniy Yatsenyuk 'convinced' Russia won't intervene

(Newser) - Ukraine's acting prime minister is "convinced" that Russia's military won't intervene in his country—but Ukraine's military is prepared for action. If Moscow were to make such a move, "this would be the beginning of war and the end of all relations," says... More »

Report: Yanukovich Surfaces in Russia

As Ukraine names a new PM

(Newser) - Where in the world is Viktor Yanukovich? In Russia, if what the AP describes as a "respected Russian news organization" is to be believed. AP reports by way of RBK that the ousted leader is holed up just outside Moscow in the Barvikha sanatorium, which is run by... 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 »

Ukraine Threatens State of Emergency

Protesters mostly back off after storming Justice Ministry

(Newser) - Ukraine protesters are largely backing away from the country's justice ministry, after its head threatened to call a state of emergency if they didn't back off. Protesters had barricaded the building—one of many occupied government facilities—using bags of snow; a source tells the BBC that about... More »

Ukraine Opposition Leader Can Be PM: President

Move puts former foreign minister in tight spot

(Newser) - Ukraine's embattled president today offered to make a top opposition leader the prime minister, but it was unclear if the overture would mollify the radical faction of protesters who have clashed with police for much of the last week. The offer by President Viktor Yanukovych to make Arseniy Yatsenyuk,... More »

US Voices 'Disgust' as Ukraine Cops Crack Down

Kerry: US 'stands with the people'

(Newser) - Ukraine police poured into Independence Square in Kiev last night, driving out protesters in what the interior minister called an effort to clear the way for traffic and business. The New York Times reports that fights as well as small fires broke out, but police avoided using their truncheons. Police... More »

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