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Russia without Ukraine is a country;
Russia with Ukraine is an empire.

During the Great War, Germany grabbed Ukraine
and Lenin took it back
During the Great Pariotic War, Germany grabbed Ukraine
and Stalin took it back
During the Winter Olympiad, Germany grabbed Ukraine
and Putin let it slip away

Ukraine Protests - 20 February 2014

Protests January 2014At least 75 people have been killed in violent riots in Kiev, the Ukrainian Health Department stated 20 February 2014. Doctors working on Kievs Independence Square, however, claimed that as many as 70 people were killed on the rioters side alone on that day. The Ukrainian opposition claims that more than 100 protesters have been killed since the start of the violent riots, counting the wounded as thousands.

Fresh clashes erupted between anti-government protesters and police, hours after President Viktor Yanukovych announced a truce with opposition leaders. Some of those killed were reportedly shot by government snipers. Ukraine's acting interior minister said police had been armed with combat weapons. Both security forces and rioters were filmed stalking the streets with rifles. Until this week, Ukrainian riot police had been using non-lethal weapons, such as tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets.

The Ukrainian parliament voted against the anti-terrorism measures in the country, with 236 deputies casting their votes. The decision calls for a ceasefire and return of all security forces to their permanent deployment areas. The resolution also prohibits the use of firearms in certain situations and bans the blocking of public transport. President Yanukovichs press service did not confirm the information regarding the head of states agreement to hold early elections this year. This followed a comment made by Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk, who said that Yanukovich did support the idea. A [transitional] national unity government would be formed within 10 days and Ukraines Constitution would be amended by the summer, Tusk said. Foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Poland reportedly obtained the agreement of the Ukrainian opposition over the roadmap plan for the solution to the ongoing unrest in the country.

A year later, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused the Kremlin February 20, 2015 of direct involvement in the sniper deaths of anti-Russian protesters in Kyiv's Maidan Square. He made the charge on the first anniversary of the killings, saying Ukraine's security services have the evidence. Poroshenko told relatives of some of those killed that "just a few days ago, the head of state security told me that special forces operatives gave evidence that Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov led the organization of groups of foreign snipers on the Maidan."

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