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Protests in Ukraine

Post by Kitkat on Tue 18 Feb 2014, 19:03

Protests have gripped Ukraine since the government rejected a far-reaching accord with the European Union in favour of stronger ties with Russia in November 2013.

They turned violent on 19 January, and deadly on 22 January in the capital, Kiev, where confrontation degenerated into rioting after the government brought in tough new legislation to end mass protests on the main square.

Opposition leaders and President Viktor Yanukovych then held talks, and on 28 January, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his cabinet resigned, and the Ukrainian parliament voted overwhelmingly to annul the anti-protest laws.

In another apparent concession, parliament then passed an amnesty law for detained protesters - but the opposition continued calling for new elections. And the demonstrations have continued.

What caused the protests?

the original trigger for the protests was President Yanukovych's decision not to sign a major partnership deal with the EU, despite years of negotiations aimed at integrating Ukraine with the 28-nation bloc.

Thousands of pro-EU Ukrainians poured on to the streets of the capital, urging President Yanukovych to cancel his U-turn and go ahead with the EU deal after all. He refused, and the protests continued.

Full story here:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25182823

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