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January 2014 - Ukraine Special Weapons News
- In wake of unrest, UN welcomes dialogue between Ukrainian President and opposition UN News Centre 31 Jan 2014 -- The United Nations human rights office today welcomed the start of dialogue between President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition in Ukraine following weeks of violent unrest, as well as the abolition this week of laws restricting the exercise of fundamental rights.
- Yanukovych Says Authorities Fulfilled All Obligations; Opposition Denounces Amnesty RFE/RL 30 Jan 2014 -- President Viktor Yanukovych says Ukraine's authorities have fulfilled all their obligations to resolve the crisis in the country and accused the opposition of continuing to increase tensions.
- EU Lawmakers Pass Ukraine Resolution, Prompting Russian Ire RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2014 -- An outspoken Russian lawmaker has labeled a resolution by Council of Europe lawmakers on unrest in Ukraine as an attempt to damage Russia.
- As Ukrainian Crisis Mounts, President Goes on Sick Leave RIA Novosti 30 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych went on sick leave Thursday, prompting the country's opposition to accuse him of inaction amid the ongoing political crisis.
- Ukraine Protests Continue Despite Amnesty Offer VOA 30 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian anti-government protesters are vowing to continue demonstrating despite passage of a law offering amnesty to those arrested during the protests over the past two months.
- Ukrainian administration fulfill all its crisis settlement obligations - Yanukovych Voice of Russia 30 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said the country's administration has fulfilled all its crisis settlement obligations, but the opposition continues to fuel the situation.
- Mushrooming Citizen Patrols In Ukraine Raise Fear Of More Violence, Divisions RFE/RL 29 Jan 2014 -- As Ukraine's civil unrest spreads across Ukraine, with antigovernment protesters laying siege to official buildings in a dozen cities, jittery citizens are taking security into their own hands.
- EU Officials In Kyiv Talks After Cabinet Resigns RFE/RL 29 Jan 2014 -- European Union officials are due to meet with Ukrainian officials in Kyiv on January 29 - a day after President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of the government and parliament overturned controversial antiprotest laws that it had passed just two weeks ago.
- Ukraine Parliament Begins Special Session As EU Officials Visit Kyiv RFE/RL 29 Jan 2014 -- Lawmakers in Ukraine have adjourned a special session of parliament at which they were expected to debate a possible amnesty for scores of detained antigovernment protesters.
- Ex-President Kravchuk Warns Of Ukraine 'Civil War' RFE/RL 29 Jan 2014 -- Former Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk has told parliament the country is on the verge of a 'civil war' and urged lawmakers to act with utmost responsibility.
- Russia to Wait for New Ukrainian Govt Before Releasing More Aid RIA Novosti 29 Jan 2014 -- Russia warned Ukraine on Wednesday that it will halt the implementation of a financial aid package until the crisis-hit former Soviet nation has formed a new government.
- Ukrainian Parliament Ponders Amnesty for Protesters VOA 29 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament is considering an amnesty for scores of people arrested during the past two months of recent political protests in Kiev.
- Several thousand protesters move from Independence Square to Ukraine's Parliament Voice of Russia 29 Jan 2014 -- A column of demonstrators has left Independence Square in Kiev and is moving towards Institutskaya Street, leading to the government quarter. The protesters are walking along the roadway causing traffic to come to a halt.
- Ukraine Pres. Yanukovych accepts government resignation Iran Press TV 28 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has accepted Prime Minister Mykola Azarov's resignation in a move aimed at defusing the Eastern European country's political crisis.
- Ukraine parliament scraps protest law to end conflict Iran Press TV 28 Jan 2014 -- The Ukrainian parliament has overwhelmingly voted to abolish a controversial anti-protest law that triggered deadly unrest in the capital Kiev.
- Ukraine Parliament Repeals Antiprotest Laws As Prime Minister Resigns RFE/RL 28 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's parliament has repealed controversial antiprotest laws in a move aimed at ending two months of antigovernment protests.
- Ukraine PM Resigns in Bid to Defuse Crisis RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov announced his resignation Tuesday in what he said was a bid to quell the deepening political crisis created by protests in the former Soviet nation.
- Putin Says No Plans to Revise Ukraine Loan RIA Novosti 28 Jan 2014 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin said his country will stick to its commitments to lend debt-strapped Ukraine $15 billion and reduce natural gas prices even if Ukraine's new Cabinet of ministers is filled with opposition politicians.
- Ukraine Government Resigns VOA 28 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's president on Tuesday accepted the resignation of the government in a bid to quell violent anti-government protests that have gripped the capital Kyiv. The demonstrations began two months ago after Viktor Yanukovich backed away from signing a deal with the European Union.
- Ukraine President Yanukovych accepts resignation of PM Azarov, cabinet Voice of Russia 28 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in a decree on Tuesday accepted the offer of resignation from Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire cabinet.
- Russia-EU summit: Moscow won't interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs - Putin Voice of Russia 28 Jan 2014 -- Russia will not interfere in Ukraine's internal affairs and believes that too many mediators could only multiply the many problems facing the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.
- Ukraine's Leader Agrees to Repeal Some Anti-Protest Laws VOA 27 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's embattled President Victor Yanukovich has agreed to repeal some of the harsh anti-protest laws that have helped fuel increasingly violent protests for more than a week. The decision came after talks with opposition leaders late Monday. A statement on the presidential website said repeal of the laws will be addressed at a special session of parliament that begins on Tuesday.
- Ukraine has no plans to impose state of emergency Iran Press TV 27 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian Foreign Minister Leonid Kozhara says Kiev currently has no plans to impose a state of emergency despite the ongoing anti-government protests in the Eastern European country.
- Ukraine's Opposition 'Ready' To Pursue Talks With Authorities RFE/RL 27 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's main opposition parties say they're ready to continue talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, while warning that the patience of antigovernment protesters could 'snap' at any moment.
- Who Are Ukraine's 'Ultras'? RFE/RL 27 Jan 2014 -- Two years ago, the violent reputation of Ukraine's soccer hooligans prompted calls in Europe for a Euro-2012 boycott.
- Ukraine opposition says ready to pursue talks with authorities Voice of Russia 27 Jan 2014 -- The Ukrainian opposition is ready to continue talks with the authorities to prevent further escalation and bloodshed, settle the crisis and preserve the country's unity, the opposition National Resistance Headquarters said in a statement.
- Yanukovych's Options Appear To Dwindle As Energized Opposition Moves South, East RFE/RL 26 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's Euromaidan protest movement has gained fresh momentum as the country's embattled President Viktor Yanukovych seemed to spend the weekend losing old friends while failing to make new ones.
- Thousands Attend Funeral Of Slain Protester In Kyiv RFE/RL 26 Jan 2014 -- Thousands of people have packed into a Kyiv cathedral for the funeral of a Belarusian man who was shot dead during clashes between protesters and police in Kyiv last week.
- As Clashes Resume, Yanukovych Offers PM Job to Opposition RIA Novosti 26 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych offered opposition leaders top jobs in the government at talks taking place against a backdrop of resumed street fighting in Kiev.
- Ukraine Protesters Seize Justice Ministry VOA 26 Jan 2014 -- Anti-government protesters have seized the Ukrainian justice ministry in Kyiv, after rejecting President Viktor Yanukovych's offer to name an opposition leader as prime minister.
- Ukraine army won't be used against protesters – Defense Minister Voice of Russia 26 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian Defense Ministry has ruled out using armed forces against rallying protesters, media say. In an interview with a Russian news agency, the country's military chief said Ukraine's constitution did not have a provision for that.
- Ukraine officials, opposition hold talks Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych is engaged in fresh talks with heads of opposition parties in a bid to contain the fast-moving violent uprising.
- Ukraine president offers PM post to opp. leader Iran Press TV 25 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has offered the post of the prime minister to opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk in a bid to resolve the two-month crisis in the European country.
- Ukraine Opposition Vows To Continue Struggle After Yanukovych Offer RFE/RL 25 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian opposition leaders have vowed to continue their struggle hours after President Viktor Yanukovych offered them two senior posts to defuse a widening crisis.
- Beyond Kyiv: Ukrainian Protesters Seize Control Of Regional Administrations RFE/RL 25 Jan 2014 -- Protests are spreading to Ukraine's regions with demonstrators seizing control of administrative buildings and, in some cases, forcing governors, who are appointed by President Viktor Yanukovych, to resign.
- Ukraine: Yanukovych offers opposition way out of political crisis Voice of Russia 25 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has offered a post of Prime Minister to the head of the Batkivschyna opposition faction, Arseny Yatsenyuk, and post of Deputy Minister of Humanitarian Issues to the leader of the UDAR Party, Vitaly Klitschko, Minister of Justice Yelena Lukash has informed.
- Yanukovych Pledges Gov't Reshuffle As Protests Spread In West RFE/RL 24 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych says the government will be reshuffled at a special parliamentary session scheduled for January 28 as opposition protesters continued seizing city halls in several towns and cities in western Ukraine.
- Kyiv Protesters Jeer Truce Offer, Build More Barricades RFE/RL 24 Jan 2014 -- Tensions remain high in Kyiv with protesters denouncing a government offer for a truce if demonstrators refrain from violence and remove their street barricades.
- Ukraine's President Vows Amnesty, Gov't Reshuffle RIA Novosti 24 Jan 2014 -- In a bid to ease growing tensions in the country, Ukraine's president announced on Friday that the country's parliament would next week consider pardoning detained political activists and reshuffling the government's top ministers.
- Ukraine Protesters Reinforce Barricades as Talks Break Down VOA 24 Jan 2014 -- Talks between the Ukrainian president and the opposition aimed at ending days of violent anti-government protests appear to have broken down without agreement. The demonstrations erupted two months ago after President Viktor Yanukovich refused to sign an agreement bringing the country closer to the European Union - instead opting to sign deals with Russia.
- Ukrainian Opposition Leaders Voice Optimism as Crisis Talks End VOA 23 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian opposition leaders emerged late Thursday from crisis talks with President Viktor Yanukovych, saying an opportunity exists to end weeks of political turmoil and violence gripping the capital, Kyiv.
- Ukraine braces for more violent clashes Iran Press TV 23 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine is likely to face more violence as an ultimatum set by the Western-backed opposition for President Viktor Yanukovych is to expire soon with no sign of a compromise.
- Ukrainian Prime Minister Says Restrictive Protest Laws Could Be Changed RFE/RL 23 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has said that the restrictive laws against holding protests and demonstrations in Kyiv that were approved last week 'could be amended' with the cooperation of the opposition.
- Ukrainian Premier Blames Kiev Violence on 'Militants' RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov has blamed deadly clashes between police and protestors on militants who were attempting a coup.
- Protests Spread to West Ukrainian Cities RIA Novosti 23 Jan 2014 -- Anti-government unrest in the Ukrainian capital Kiev has spread to western Ukraine, where government buildings in two major cities were seized by protesters Thursday.
- Ukrainian President, Opposition Leaders Finish Talks As Police Battle Protesters RFE/RL 22 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych has met with opposition leaders as police battled antigovernment protesters in Kyiv and word spread of the first violent deaths as a result of the unrest.
- Police Battle Protesters in Kiev as Crisis in Ukraine Deepens RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2014 -- Authorities in Ukraine deployed an armored personnel carrier and masses of riot police Wednesday in their latest push to sweep the center of the capital of anti-government protesters.
- US Condemns Deadly Violence in Ukraine RIA Novosti 22 Jan 2014 -- The United States said Wednesday that it "strongly condemns" the escalation of violence in Ukraine that has left at least two people dead amid a wave of anti-government protests.
- EU Threatens Action in Response to Ukraine Violence VOA 22 Jan 2014 -- Clashes between protesters and riot police continued Wednesday in the Ukrainian capital Kyiv, killing at least three protesters, the first fatalities since the current anti-government demonstrations began in November. The U.S. State Department has condemned the violence, which erupted as sweeping new anti-protest laws came into force.
- Ukraine Opposition Warns It May Be 'Too Late' As Tensions Continue RFE/RL 21 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian opposition leader Yuriy Lutsenko has warned amid ongoing confrontations in the streets of Kyiv that it may be too late for President Viktor Yanukovych to negotiate with the opposition.
- Senior UN officials urge restraint, dialogue to defuse tensions fuelling protests in Ukraine UN News Centre 21 Jan 2014 -- Urging restraint amid widespread anti-Government protests in Ukraine, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay called today for sustained and inclusive dialogue to defuse tensions in the country.
- Ukraine PM Warns of Use of Force Against Protesters VOA 21 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine's prime minister, Mykola Azarov, is warning anti-government protesters that authorities may use force against them.
- Yanukovych Pledges Talks With Ukraine's Opposition RFE/RL 20 Jan 2014 -- headed by national security chief Andriy Kluyev -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called for dialogue and compromise following violent clashes between police and protesters.
- Kyiv Mass Rally Defies New Antiprotest Law RFE/RL 19 Jan 2014 -- Hundreds of protesters have clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
- Clashes Erupt At Kyiv Rally RFE/RL 19 Jan 2014 -- Hundreds of protesters have clashed with riot police in the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv.
- Ukraine's Harsh New Antiprotest Law Draws International Condemnation RFE/RL 17 Jan 2014 -- There has been international condemnation of sweeping legislation to curb protests in Ukraine, with the European Union and United States expressing 'deep concern' over the measure.
- Does 'Black Thursday' Mark End Of Ukraine's Democratic Decade? RFE/RL 17 Jan 2014 -- With a disorderly show of hands, the Ukrainian parliament appears to have not only shut down the country's pro-European protests, but rolled back an entire decade of reforms that once made Ukraine the leader of the post-Soviet neighborhood's democratic hopes.
- Ukrainian Leader Signs Laws Dubbed 'Charter for Oppression' RIA Novosti 17 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Friday signed off on much-criticized anti-protest legislation that that one prominent rights group has dubbed a "charter for oppression."
- Ukraine Secures $6Bln Loan Option to Develop Atomic Energy RIA Novosti 10 Jan 2014 -- Ukraine said Friday that it has secured an option to borrow $6 billion from Russian banks to help develop its atomic energy industry.
- Ukrainian President Calls For 'Unity' In 2014 RFE/RL 01 Jan 2014 -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has called for national unity in 2014 after what he called possibly 'the most difficult' year in the history of independent Ukraine.
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