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UN urges peaceful solution in Ukraine
April 14, 2014
The UN Security Council convened Sunday to address violence occurring in the Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russia militias. Ukrainian special forces reportedly exchanged gunfire with the militias early Sunday, resulting in at least one death and several injuries. Sources indicate that th....... [more]

Crimean lawmakers approve new pro-Russian constitution
April 11, 2014
The State Council of the Republic of Crimea on Friday voted unanimously in favor of adopting a new constitution that will make Crimea part of the Russian Federation. The constitution, consisting of 10 chapters and 95 articles, defines Crimea as a legal and democratic state within the Russian Federat....... [more]

France court overturns extradition of former Kazakhstan energy minsiter
April 9, 2014
A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov, Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, both o....... [more]

Russia Constitutional Court upholds 'foreign agents' law
April 9, 2014
The Constitutional Court of Russia on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality of a law requiring non-government organizations (NGOs) to register as "foreign agents" if they accept foreign funding. The law, passed in 2012, requires that all NGOs that accept foreign funding and engage in "political acti....... [more]

Ukraine implicates members of elite police force in protester shooting
April 3, 2014
An inquiry by the interim Ukrainian government on Wednesday implicated members of the special Berkut riot police in the deaths of 76 anti-government protesters in Kiev in February. Interior Minister Arsen Avakov presented initial findings before reporters indicating twelve members of the elite polic....... [more]

US Congress approves legislation to aid Ukraine
March 28, 2014
Both the US Senate and the House of Representatives on Thursday approved nearly identical bills that would send a $1 billion aid package to Ukraine and place new sanctions on Russia. The bill passed by a vote of 98-2 in the Senate and 399-19 in the House. Despite the overwhelming support of the bill....... [more]

Recent Events in Ukraine and Crimea
March 25, 2014
The Ukrainian Crisis The Ukrainian government under President Viktor Yanukovych announced on November 21, 2013, that it had suspended preparation for a trade deal with the European Union. The decision purportedly came about as a result of intense pressure from the Russian Federation to reject the....... [more]

Post-USSR Russian relations with Ukraine and Crimea
March 25, 2014
Ukraine is an independent nation in Eastern Europe and a former republic of the Soviet Union. In 1954, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev transferred Crimea from Russia to Ukraine. When the Soviet Union dissolved in 1991, the region remained under Ukrainian control. Ethnic Russians have continued to c....... [more]

Soviet and Russian History
March 25, 2014
Sparked by frustration with the social and economic conditions in Russia during the country's involvement in World War I, the Russian people rioted against Tsar Nicholas II. The Tsar's government collapsed in February 1917, and this "February Revolution" brought a new socialist economic system spea....... [more]

Crimea
March 24, 2014
03/22/2014: Ukraine PM signed elements of EU trade pact. 03/21/2014: Russia finalized annexation of Crimea. 03/18/2014: Putin signed treaty incorporating Crimea into Russia. 03/17/2014: Crimea Parliament declared independence following refenderum. 03/13/2014: EU Parliament demanded immediate wit....... [more]

Crimean Annexation
March 24, 2014
The Crimean Conflict refers to a geo-political dispute regarding the autonomous southern Ukrainian Peninsula of the same name. Historically, post-Cold War political tensions in Ukraine revolved around Ukrainian and Russian sympathies; these are the two major ethnic groups and are divided into northe....... [more]




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