Euromaidan. The protests reached a climax during mid-February.
On February 18, the worst clashes of Euromaidan broke out after the parliament had failed to rollback the Constitution of Ukraine to its pre-2004 form, which would lessen presidential power and bring more balance to the government. Police and protesters fired guns, with both live and rubber ammunition, in multiple locations in Kyiv. The riot police advanced towards Maidan later in the day and clashed with the protesters and did not fully occupy it. The fights continued through the following days, in which the vast majority of casualties took place. On the night of February 21, Maidan vowed to go into armed conflict if Yanukovych did not resign by 10:00. Overview The protests are ongoing despite heavy police presence, regularly sub-freezing temperatures, and snow. According to journalist Lecia Bushak writing in the 18 February 2014 issue of Newsweek magazine, Background Name history Initial causes As Ukraine turns to Russia, Yulia Tymoshenko stays in prison.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, however, had other plans.
This month he met quietly with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych. Last week, Ukraine said it was dropping its efforts to enter the E.U. agreement — despite months of declaring its intention to sign. Yanukovych spoke of Russian pressure and economic threats — and reportedly even blackmail. Ukraine in flames: Putin’s inferno. Make No Mistake: After Sochi, Putin's Coming for Ukraine. Here's how one scenario might play out: Putin waits until we have all left Sochi with our ice dancing and bobsled medals in tow.
Only then do his eyes refocus on Ukraine where, he will say, the country's 8 million ethnic Russians are calling for protection from nationalist Ukrainian zealots. USA TODAY: Latest World and US News - USATODAY.com. Fascism. Fascism /fæʃɪzəm/ is a form of radical authoritarian nationalism that came to prominence in early 20th-century Europe.
Influenced by national syndicalism, fascism originated in Italy during World War I, combining more typically right-wing positions with elements of left-wing politics, in opposition to liberalism, Marxism, and traditional conservatism. Although fascism is usually placed on the far right on the traditional left–right spectrum, several self-described fascists as well as some commentators have said that the description is inadequate. Following World War II, few parties have openly described themselves as fascist, and the term is usually used pejoratively by political opponents.
The terms neo-fascist or post-fascist are sometimes applied more formally to describe parties of the far right with ideological similarities to, or roots in, 20th century fascist movements. Ukrainian Sides Reach Tentative Deal After Days of Bloodshed. Photo KIEV, Ukraine — A deal aimed at ending a lethal spiral of violence in Ukraine began to show serious strains late Friday just hours after it had been signed, with angry protesters shouting down opposition members of Parliament who negotiated the accord and a militant leader threatening armed attacks if President Viktor F.
Yanukovych did not step down by morning. Russia, which joined France, Germany and Poland in mediating the settlement, introduced a further element of uncertainty by declining to sign the accord, which reduces the power of Mr. Yanukovych, an ally of Moscow. U.S. slaps travel restrictions on 20 Ukraine officials over violence but experts expect little impact. WASHINGTON — The Obama administration slapped visa restrictions on 20 senior Ukrainian officials Wednesday to punish “the full chain of command” behind the bloody crackdown on a protest camp in Kiev, where at least 25 people died in street violence this week.
The visa sanctions represent the toughest U.S. action yet after three months of clashes between the security forces of President Viktor Yanukovych and protesters unhappy over the government’s decision in November to forgo a trade deal with the European Union in favor of a $15 billion bailout from Russia. Visa restrictions are among the least harsh sanctions the United States could impose, and some Ukrainian protesters and their supporters scoffed at the U.S. move via Twitter and other social media sites. In Mexico for a summit with the leaders of Canada and Mexico, President Barack Obama sought to play down any rivalry with Russia over Ukraine or Syria. The U.S., he said, isn’t trying to revive “some Cold War chessboard.” Ukraine–United States relations. Ukraine – United States relations are bilateral relations between Ukraine and the United States.
On December 25, 1991, the United States officially recognized the independence of Ukraine. Ukraine Proves That Obama Has Led The United States To Irrelevancy On The World Stage. Ukraine–European Union relations. Relations between Ukraine and the European Union (EU) are currently shaped via the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), a foreign policy instrument of the EU designed for the countries it borders.
The EU is seeking an increasingly close relationship with Ukraine, going beyond cooperation, to gradual economic integration and deepening of political cooperation. EU imposes Ukraine sanctions after deadly Kiev clashes. 21 February 2014Last updated at 01:13 GMT The BBC's Daniel Sandford witnesses Ukraine's "descent into insanity" The EU has agreed to impose sanctions on Ukrainian officials "responsible for violence and excessive force" after the bloodiest day of clashes in Kiev.
In a statement, EU foreign ministers said targeted sanctions including asset freezes and visa bans would be introduced "as a matter of urgency". Dozens of anti-government protesters died in Kiev on Thursday. Many were reportedly killed by snipers. In all, 75 people - including policemen - have been killed since Tuesday. E.U. Imposes Sanctions Despite Russian Criticism. Play Video BRUSSELS — Brushing aside Russian criticism, the European Union agreed on Thursday to go ahead with sanctions that include travel bans and asset freezes imposed on those deemed responsible for the fatal escalation of violence in Ukraine. A day after the United States announced some similar moves, foreign ministers of the 28-nation European Union said they would devise a list of those who would be subject to the European sanctions, and that the sanctions would also ban the export of equipment likely to be used for repression in Ukraine.
But the European foreign ministers also left themselves room to continue a dialogue with President Viktor F. Yanukovych’s government, emphasizing the importance of political progress in Kiev, where the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Poland have been trying to mediate. But Europeans are also keen to avoid worsening the situation by isolating the Ukrainian president, reducing the prospects of reaching a negotiated settlement.