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December 2013 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- Klitschko Says Peaceful Protests Will Continue RFE/RL 31 Dec 2013 -- The leader of Ukraine's opposition UDAR party, Vitali Klitschko, says opposition parties and their supporters will continue their peaceful demonstrations across Ukraine after the winter holidays.
- Ukraine's 'Euromaidan' Opposition Vows More Pressure, Threatens Strike RFE/RL 29 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian opposition leaders at a weekly antigovernment rally that attracted tens of thousands of people have called for continued protests and a national strike after the winter holidays.
- Does Russia Deal Change The Game For Maidan Protesters? RFE/RL 21 Dec 2013 -- It's been a month since Ukrainian protesters first gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square on November 21 to express anger at their government's sudden rejection of European integration.
- EU Presidency: Ukrainian Government Has 'Lost Credibility' RFE/RL 20 Dec 2013 -- The current president of the European Union says the door to a closer partnership with Ukraine remains open, but that the people of Ukraine - and not necessarily the current government - should decide their future.
- Yanukovych Defends Bailout, Tells West To Stay Out RFE/RL 19 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has defended Kyiv's bailout deal with Moscow, and told the West not to interfere in Ukraine's current political crisis.
- Ukraine Put EU Association on Hold, Not Rejected It - President RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Kiev put its political association and free-trade talks with the European Union on hold, but is ready to resume them if favorable terms are offered, the Ukrainian president said Thursday.
- Russia's Top Diplomat Says EU Trying to Dictate Ukraine's Future RIA Novosti 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Thursday accused the European Union of trying to dictate to Ukraine.
- Yanukovych: West Should Stay Out of Ukraine Crisis VOA 19 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's embattled president harshly criticized the West on Thursday for supporting massive street protests calling for his ouster and announced plans to partially join a Moscow-led economic union - a move likely to deepen the country's political crisis.
- Putin Describes Ukraine Deal As 'Brotherly' Help RFE/RL 19 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has offered his thoughts on Ukraine, the Winter Olympics, a prison amnesty, Iran's nuclear program, and Edward Snowden, among other issues, during a marathon four-hour press conference,
- McCain Accuses Moscow Of Blocking Ukraine's EU Path RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Senator John McCain says Russia is trying to keep Ukraine from joining the European Union.
- Russia Criticizes 'Blatant Pressure' On Ukraine As Protests Continue RFE/RL 18 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has criticized what he called 'blatant pressure' being exerted on the Ukrainian government, a veiled reference to EU efforts to convince Kyiv to sign a pact on closer relations.
- US Says Russia-Ukraine Deal Sidesteps Protesters Concerns RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- The United States said Tuesday that Russia's multibillion-dollar lifeline to Kiev does not address the concerns of legions of Ukrainians who have taken to the streets to protest their government's decision to halt expected trade deals with the European Union.
- Russia Condemns Pressure on Ukraine to Turn Towards Europe RIA Novosti 18 Dec 2013 -- Russia is surprised by blatant attempts to pressure Ukraine into signing an association agreement with the European Union, Russia's foreign minister said Wednesday.
- Russia, Ukraine reach trade deal on bonds, gas price Iran Press TV 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia and Ukraine have reached a strategic economic and trade agreement under which Kiev is given significant discounts on Russian gas price and billions of dollars in credit.
- Putin Pledges Billions, Cheaper Gas To Yanukovych RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia has promised Ukraine $15 billion in loans and cheaper natural gas amid ongoing protests in Kyiv calling for closer ties with the European Union rather than Moscow.
- For Ukraine's Neighbors, Euromaidan Is A Revolution For All RFE/RL 17 Dec 2013 -- Among the dozens of tents lining Ukraine's Independence Square is one bearing the distinctive red-and-white five-cross flag of Georgia.
- Russia Promises Ukraine Cheaper Gas, $15 Billion Loan VOA 17 Dec 2013 -- Russia has promised to reduce the price of natural gas exports to Ukraine by a third and lend it $15 billion, as pro-European Union demonstrations continue in the capital Kiev and other Ukrainian cities.
- Ashton, Lavrov Say Kyiv Should Have 'Free Choice' Between EU, Russia RFE/RL 16 Dec 2013 -- The European Union and Russia have both said Ukraine should have a 'free choice' when it comes to choosing whether to pursue closer ties with the West or with Moscow.
- Russia Denies Blackmailing Ukraine Over EU Deal RIA Novosti 16 Dec 2013 -- Russia has never threatened Ukraine with sanctions over a cooperation agreement with the European Union, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.
- Ukraine Ruling Party Demands Cabinet Reshuffle VOA 16 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's ruling party has demanded a sweeping Cabinet reorganization in a sign the leadership is seeking to placate protesters opposed to an economic pact with Russia.
- Thousands of Ukrainians stage rival rallies in Ukrainian capital Iran Press TV 15 Dec 2013 -- Thousands of protesters have staged mass rallies against President Viktor Yanukovych in the center of the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, just a few hundred meters away from pro-government demonstrators, amid simmering fears of skirmishes.
- Massive Ukraine Rally As EU Suspends Talks RFE/RL 15 Dec 2013 -- An estimated 200,000 pro-EU protesters have gathered on Kyiv's Independence Square, as demonstrators continue their protests against President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of an association accord with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
- EU Officials Controversial About Future of Ukraine Trade Deal RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2013 -- European officials gave controversial statements about the future of a trade and cooperation agreement with Ukraine on Sunday.
- Ukraine Sees More Major Rallies as Political Stalemate Persists RIA Novosti 15 Dec 2013 -- Hundreds of thousands emerged onto the streets of Ukraine's capital Sunday for dueling meetings for and against an embattled government struggling to cope with a political crisis provoked by last month's decision to back away from greater economic ties with the EU.
- Ukraine Protesters Warn Against Trade Pact with Moscow VOA 15 Dec 2013 -- Ahead of a visit to Moscow by Ukraine's president, protesters filled central Kyiv, warning him not to sign a trade pact with Russia.
- McCain In Kyiv; Four Officials Charged Over Crackdown RFE/RL 14 Dec 2013 -- U.S. Senator John McCain has arrived in Kyiv and met with opposition and religious leaders as well as with the Ukrainian foreign minister.
- Ukrainian Officials Suspected of Ordering Crackdown on Protesters Dismissed RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has dismissed two top officials suspected of being involved in a crackdown on protesters last month, the presidential press service reported Saturday.
- EU on 'Verge of Hysteria' Over Ukraine Decision – Russian Minister RIA Novosti 14 Dec 2013 -- Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has described the EU's reaction to the Ukrainian decision to reject an economic association agreement with the union as "bordering on hysterical."
- Ukraine President Suspends Officials over Protest Crackdown VOA 14 Dec 2013 -- In a conciliatory move toward protesters, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has suspended his deputy security council chief and the head of the Kyiv city administration for their suspected involvement in a violent police crackdown on demonstrators last month.
- Ukraine president rejects opposition call to resign Iran Press TV 13 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has rejected a call from the opposition to resign, arguing that the government could only step down through a parliamentary no-confidence vote.
- Yanukovych Rejects Opposition Demand; Protests Continue RFE/RL 13 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has refused opposition demands that he step down as protests continued in Kyiv against his decision not to pursue closer ties with the European Union.
- Ukraine Opposition Reiterates Demands at Meeting With President RIA Novosti 13 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian opposition leaders reiterated their demands to President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday at a roundtable designed to help soothe political tensions in the protest-hit state.
- Amid ongoing unrest in Ukraine, UN urges restraint, respect for human rights UN News Centre 13 Dec 2013 -- The United Nations today called on all parties in Ukraine to exercise restraint amid reports of the use of excessive force by police and violent acts by demonstrators, and urged the Government to ensure that human rights safeguards are upheld.
- Ashton: Yanukovych Wants To Sign EU Deal RFE/RL 12 Dec 2013 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has said Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych told her he still 'intends to sign' a key trade and cooperation agreement with the EU.
- News Analysis: Flip-Flops Point To Splits In Yanukovych's Circle RFE/RL 12 Dec 2013 -- Just hours after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called for roundtable talks with the opposition, police forcefully moved against demonstrators in Kyiv under the cover of darkness - and hopes of a negotiated settlement to the standoff were dashed.
- Putin Invites Kiev to Work With Customs Union at Expert Level RIA Novosti 12 Dec 2013 -- If Ukraine wants to take part in projects that Russia is carrying out with Belarus and Kazakhstan as part of the Customs Union, it is welcome to send expert-level delegations, the Russian president said Thursday.
- Ashton: Ukraine 'Intends to Sign' Agreement with EU VOA 12 Dec 2013 -- European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych 'intends to sign' a trade and cooperation agreement with the EU that he rejected last month, setting off massive anti-government protests.
- Yanukovych Invites Opposition For Talks RFE/RL 11 Dec 2013 -- President Viktor Yanukovych says he is inviting all parties, including the opposition, to find a compromise to solve Ukraine's political crisis.
- Ashton: Yanukovych Promised Solution Within 24 Hours RFE/RL 11 Dec 2013 -- EU foreign-policy chief Catherine Ashton says President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to take steps toward solving the crisis in Ukraine within 24 hours.
- Ukrainian Police Launch Assault on Kiev Barricades RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- Elite riot police and Interior Ministry forces clashed with opposition supporters in the Ukrainian capital Kiev early Wednesday, dismantling barricades that protesters put up in the streets to disrupt access to government buildings.
- Ukrainian Opposition Rejects Talks With Government RIA Novosti 11 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian opposition leaders on Wednesday rejected talks proposed by the government in a bid to resolve the current political crisis.
- Ukraine Protest Leaders Refuse Talks VOA 11 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian protest leaders on Wednesday said they would not hold talks with President Viktor Yanukovych until their demands, including that he resign, were met.
- Western Diplomats Try to Break Ukraine Political Deadlock VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- As Ukraine's street protests marked their third week, American and EU officials arrived here Tuesday to try to break the deadlock with diplomacy.
- Russia slams West over Ukraine political crisis Iran Press TV 10 Dec 2013 -- Russia has criticized Western nations for interfering in Ukraine, saying protests against Kiev's decision to back away from an EU deal were destabilizing the former Soviet state.
- EU Envoy Holds Talks In Kyiv Amid Ongoing Protests RFE/RL 10 Dec 2013 -- EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has held talks with President Viktor Yanukovych in Kyiv in an effort to defuse the political crisis.
- Ukrainian President Tries to Defuse EU Crisis VOA 10 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met with three former Ukrainian presidents and the EU foreign policy chief in an effort to defuse tensions over his refusal to sign a long-anticipated European Union trade deal in favor of closer ties to Russia.
- Protesters, Police Face Off In Ukraine RFE/RL 09 Dec 2013 -- Riot police have begun dismantling protesters' barricades that have been blocking access to government buildings in Kyiv.
- Police Repel Protesters From Ukraine Government HQ RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2013 -- Interior Ministry troops in Ukraine's capital on Monday repelled demonstrators from a position they had taken up outside the Cabinet office in a renewed effort to clear major protest sites.
- Police Move Into Central Kiev, Protesters Fear Crackdown RIA Novosti 09 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian security forces moved into Kiev on Monday prompting fears among anti-government protesters that the authorities plan to use force to clear tent camps and barricades in the city center.
- Ukraine Police Move Against Pro-Europe Demonstrators VOA 09 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian riot police moved Monday to curb pro-European demonstrators in Kyiv by dismantling barricades set up by protesters outside government building and storming the headquarters of the largest opposition party.
- Massive Rally In Kyiv Targets Ukrainian Government RFE/RL 08 Dec 2013 -- Hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians gathered in Kyiv's Independence Square on December 8 in the latest protest to target President Viktor Yanukovych's government over its recent decision to put off integration efforts with the European Union.
- Tens Of Thousands Of Ukrainian Protesters Block Kyiv's Government District RFE/RL 08 Dec 2013 -- Masked demonstrators in Kyiv have toppled a statue of the Soviet Union's founder, Vladimir Lenin, as protests demanding senior government resignations and fresh elections continue to rage in the Ukrainian capital.
- Ukraine Opposition Fears Provocation to Justify Crackdown RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2013 -- A Ukrainian opposition party said late Saturday that it fears the authorities may deploy provocateurs in order to precipitate violence at a major ongoing anti-government protest rally in the capital and justify a robust crackdown.
- Ukrainian Protesters Gather in Kiev for 'March of Millions' RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2013 -- Tens of thousands of pro-EU protesters gathered in Kiev's Independence Square for a planned March of Millions Sunday.
- As Ukraine Opposition Rallies Intensify, Lenin Statue Falls RIA Novosti 08 Dec 2013 -- Several hundred thousand people gathered in the Ukrainian capital Sunday for one of the largest protest rallies in the former Soviet nation's history, throwing down the gauntlet to a government that has resisted calls for negotiation with the opposition.
- In call to Ukrainian President, Ban urges peaceful means to diffuse political tensions UN News Centre 08 Dec 2013 -- With hundreds of thousands of protestors reportedly rallying anew in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, General Ban Ki-moon today appealed directly to President Victor Yanukovich for peaceful dialogue to defuse ongoing political tensions in the country.
- Saakashvili, Filat Offer Support To Pro-EU Protesters RFE/RL 07 Dec 2013 -- Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili and ex-Moldovan Prime Minister Vlad Filat have spoken in Kyiv in support of the tens of thousands of demonstrators demanding closer ties to the European Union.
- Ukraine Gov't Pursues Russia Ties RFE/RL 07 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's government has pushed forward with closer ties to Russia, while protesters remain massed in central Kyiv, demanding closer ties to the European Union.
- In Ukraine's Industrial East, The Silence Is Deafening RFE/RL 07 Dec 2013
- Protests Reach Crunch Stage in Ukraine As Russia Deal Looms RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2013 -- Protests entering their third week in the Ukrainian capital looked set to gain new momentum Saturday as President Viktor Yanukovych committed his former Soviet nation to greater economic ties with Russia.
- Ukrainian Premier Hails Imminent Russian Deal as Protests Continue RIA Novosti 07 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said late Friday that a major economic deal with Russia was imminent as protesters in Kiev geared up for another weekend of protests amid the ongoing political stand-off in the former Soviet nation.
- Medvedev Denies Russia Pressured Ukraine to Abandon EU Deal RIA Novosti 06 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine decided independently to abandon a long-anticipated trade deal with the European Union, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday, denying that Moscow pressured its neighbor into changing direction.
- Crisis Piles Pressure On Ukraine's Fragile Economy RFE/RL 04 Dec 2013 -- As Ukraine tumbles into what could be protracted political unrest, investor confidence in the country is plunging, too.
- Former Ukrainian Presidents Back Anti-Government Protests in Kyiv VOA 04 Dec 2013 -- Three former Ukrainian presidents have endorsed ongoing anti-government demonstrations in Kyiv aimed at ousting President Viktor Yanukovych for backing out of a trade deal with the European Union.
- Ukrainian PM Warns Opposition Against 'Escalating' Tensions RFE/RL 04 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has warned the opposition to stop its escalation of political tensions as protesters continue to demand his government's resignation.
- US Urges Ukraine to Heed Calls for European Future RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday called on Ukraine to "listen to the voices of its people" amid mass protests in the former Soviet republic over its government's sudden rejection of a long-awaited trade deal with the European Union.
- Ukraine's Ruling Party Calls Supporters Onto the Streets RIA Novosti 04 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's ruling party has called for its supporters to come out onto the streets in defense of government buildings as the political stand-off in the former Soviet nation continued Wednesday.
- Lavrov Says Russia Will Not Interfere in Ukraine VOA 04 Dec 2013 -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow will not interfere in the political unrest in neighboring Ukraine and says other nations should stay out of the dispute as well. Demonstrations have been growing since late last month, when Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych backed out of a trade deal with the European Union, saying the country needed to develop closer ties with Russia.
- Ukraine government survives no-confidence vote Iran Press TV 03 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's cabinet has survived a vote of no confidence as anti-government protesters gather in front of the parliament.
- Ukrainian Parliament Rejects No-Confidence Vote RFE/RL 03 Dec 2013 -- The Ukrainian parliament has rejected a no-confidence vote against the government.
- Yanukovych's Base Eroding In Ukraine's Russophone East RFE/RL 03 Dec 2013 -- When political crises erupt in Ukraine, the fault line traditionally runs along the twisting Dnieper River which divides the Europe-oriented western half from the pro-Russian industrial east.
- Ukraine Rules Out Using Army Against Protesters RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- Claims that Ukraine's army may be deployed against peaceful protesters are untrue and are merely a provocation, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said Tuesday amid a wave of anti-government protests in Kiev.
- US Snubs Ukraine for Moldova Amid EU Row RIA Novosti 03 Dec 2013 -- US Secretary of State John Kerry plans to skip a scheduled trip to Ukraine and instead travel to neighboring Moldova to show support for the small ex-Soviet republic's decision to seek closer integration with the European Union, a path Kiev declined to pursue last week.
- Ukraine's Parliament Defeats No Confidence Vote VOA 03 Dec 2013 -- After two weeks of street protests, Ukraine's parliament has debated and voted on a no confidence motion by Ukraine's opposition. But the hope of protesters, who chanted outside the parliament, were dashed, as the government defeated the move for a vote of no confidence.
- Who's Who In Ukraine's 'EuroMaydan' Protests RFE/RL 02 Dec 2013 -- RFE/RL looks at the politicians and street organizers driving Ukraine's 'EuroMaydan' protests following President Viktor Yanukovych's decision to reject an EU trade deal under pressure from Moscow.
- Ukraine protests show signs of coup: PM Iran Press TV 02 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has criticized the ongoing democratic protests in the country, saying they show 'all the signs of a coup'.
- Ukrainian PM Says Opposition Planning Coup, As Protests Continue RFE/RL 02 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov says protests in Kyiv and other cities in the country have 'all the signs of a coup d'etat.'
- EU, Ukraine Agree to Continue Deal Talks RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- The presidents of Ukraine and the European Commission on Monday agreed to continue talks regarding association and free-trade deals that Ukraine recently said it would postpone.
- Putin Condemns Ukraine Protests as 'Pogroms' RIA Novosti 02 Dec 2013 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that events unfolding in Ukraine should not be described as a revolution, but were rather more reminiscent of a "pogrom."
- Clashes Between Protesters, Police In Kyiv RFE/RL 01 Dec 2013 -- Thousands have taken to the streets of the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, calling on the government to resign after it failed to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union.
- Ukraine Vows to Speed Up EU Integration, Wants 'Equal Partnership' RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2013 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Sunday his country will continue efforts towards European integration but insisted that Kiev should be accepted as an equal partner.
- Ukraine Police Chief Apologizes for Violence, Warns Against Disorder RIA Novosti 01 Dec 2013 -- Ukraine's interior minister has apologized to Ukrainians over the police crackdown on pro-EU protesters in downtown Kiev but warned against mass disturbances, the UNIAN news agency said Sunday.
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