Unrest in the Ukraine

Ukraine, a nation of 45 million people and bordering four European Union countries — Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and Romania—stands a pivotal moment in history as it chooses between the East and The west. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych announced that he was not going to sign an Association Agreement for far-reaching political and trade agreements with the European Union and instead pursue agreements with the Russian-led customs union. In reaction to the Yanukovych’s decision to suspend further European integration, protestors stormed a landmark plaza and government buildings looking for Ukraine to turn back towards the West. Ukraine is in an increasingly critical economic crisis and is desperate need of economic aid. Economic challenges have forced Ukraine to make a weighty decision between moving forward with the hard-hitting economic and political reforms for required for EU integration and risk economic retaliation from Russia or choose to stay with the Russian-led customs union.

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2013-07-29 20:17:26

Russia Halts Ukraine Chocolate Imports

Russia halted imports of chocolate from one of Ukraine's main confectionary makers, Roshen, saying its products fall below safety standards. This along with other restrictions on Ukrainian imports was seen as retaliation for Ukraine's efforts to integrate further with the EU. Russia asked Belarus and Kazakhstan, as members of its Customs Union, to ban Roshen’s products as well.

2013-08-13 20:17:26

Russia Declares Ukrainian Goods "High Risk"

Russian officials suddenly demanded that commercial trucks leaving Ukraine for Russia be completely unloaded, inspected item by item, and then reloaded. According to the Ukrainian Employers Union, a trade association that represents many of Ukraine's largest exporters, border officials said Moscow has declared all goods from Ukraine to be "high risk." It lifted the restrictions after a week, but a senior economic aide to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia said they could become permanent if Ukraine signed the EU Association Agreement.

2013-09-22 20:17:26

Russia Warns Ukraine over EU Deal

Russian presidential adviser, Sergei Glazyev, warned that tariffs and trade checks that Russia would impose after Ukraine signed a deal with the EU could cost Ukraine billions of dollars and could result in a default.

2013-11-20 14:55:55

Russia Issues Warning to Ukraine

Russian Prime Minster Dmitry Medvedev told Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at a regional meeting in St. Petersburg Ukraine would risk the Russia-led customs union imposing tariffs on its goods if it signs the EU free-trade accord.

2013-11-21 14:55:55

Yanukovych Suspends EU Plans

Under the threat of crippling trade sanctions by Russia, President Yanukovych announced that it has suspended its plans to sign a far reaching political trade agreement with the European Union to instead pursue new partnerships with Russia's customs union. This comes after Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedec told Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov Ukraine would risk the Russia-led customs union imposing tarffs on its goods if Ukraine signed the EU agreement.

2013-11-22 10:23:38

Protest in Kyiv Begin

Pro-EU Protestors occupied the landmark plaza, Independence Square, and other government buildings.

2013-11-28 14:55:55

Vilnius Summit

The Vilnius Summit was the third conference for the Eastern Partnership program held in Vilnius, Lithuania. During the summit. President Yanukovych proposed a trilateral trade agreement that included Russia. EU Commission President Jose Barosso rejected the proposal and Ukraine left the summit without signing the Association Agreement.

2013-11-30 14:55:55

Clashes Between Protestors and Police in Kyiv

Clashes erupted in the Independence square between police and protesters, with some demonstrators occupying city administration buildings. Various government officials and opposition leaders including Yury Lutsenko, a former interior minister and now head of the opposition Third Ukrainian Republic, and leader of the opposition Udar party, Vitali Klitschko, encourage the protestors to not to stand down.

2013-12-03 14:55:55

Government Survives Non-Confidence Vote

The Ukraine Parliament defeated a measure calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government.

2013-12-03 14:55:55

Prime Minister Apologizes for Use of Force by Police

Prior to the non-confidence vote in parliament, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov apologized for the use of force by police against the pro-EU protestors on November 30.

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