2014: How the Ukraine Crisis Began

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Novinite's team is publishing brief daily comments about how 2014 unfolded in Bulgaria and elsewhere.

The events in Ukraine threaten to turn into the most serious crisis that the world has faced in years.

Its origins can be traced back to the beginning of the Maidan protests in Kiev against the termination of the negotiations for association with the EU and the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych in November 2013. The end of the conflict still seems distant.

At the beginning of 2014 the protests escalated into clashes between security forces and demonstrators.

In February the police opened fire against the protesters, which resulted in the death of 80 people.

President Yanukovych declared that he could accept new elections and the restoration of the 2004 Constitution, but despite these measures the protests continued.

The Verkhovna Rada voted with majority in favour of ousting the president from office and the scheduling of early elections for May 25.

Yanukovych went underground, later it became clear that he had fled to Russia.

The Verkhovna Rada proclaimed on February 22 Oleksandr Turchynov as Acting President and Arsneniy Yatsenyuk as interim Prime Minister.

Meanwhile Russian President Vladimir Putin issued an order for large-scale military manoeuvre at the border with Ukraine.

Following clashes between supporters and opponents of the new government in Kiev, pro-Russian militias occupied the seat of government and the parliamentary building in the Crimean capital Simferopol.

The rest is still threatening to spiral into what experts describe as a "frozen conflict", with both the West and Russia fighting a propaganda war in which no-one seems to emerge as a winner.

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Peter7260 - 30 Dec 2014 // 02:11:32

All the former Nazis needed was a little push by the EU in revenge for refusing to leave the Russian trade agreements.Those snipers were not set up by Yanukovich,they were set up by these Nazis who are in the helm of Ukraine today.
Ukraine has become a very,very hot potato to handle even for the EU and NATO,and the worst is yet to come.
Since the wall came down,I thought we will have a real peace,the west never gave it a chance.

Optimistic - 29 Dec 2014 // 17:24:22

This is not a balanced view, it does not mention the violent attacks by the protestors against the security forces, it does not mention the facists involved in the protests.

And now Poroshenkos attack against the East failed because the regular Ukranian army would not kill Ukranians so Kiev created volunteer batalions led by facists, and they recruited facists from the Ukraine and Europe and they are financed by oligarchs.

Only last week Amnesty International said these volunteer batalions were violating human rights by not k
letting aid through to civilians in the East.

Kiev has no money and the West will not give it money so this adventure is doomed.

peterperfect - 29 Dec 2014 // 13:53:23

Above is a clear timeline of what happened.............or is it? Russian sympathisers would say it goes back decades when Ukraine was part of Russia. Still, for modern times this is what happened, if countries went back in time then any country anywhere could make claims that could (or could not) be legal. We have to deal with the now not the then this is the only way that historical desputes can be solved. Problem we all have, no matter what persuasion, is that we all carry historical baggage and so what we all read in the press and media (our own, whatever that is) is coloured by that baggage and so both sides get fed their own version. Truth probably lies somewhere in the middle, so we have to deal with the now and forget the past unless it is the immediate past. The further you go back the less relevent your argument becomes.

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