In a trailer for a new documentary, the Russian president described an all-night meeting in which he gave the directive to “return Crimea to Russia,” four days before Russian troops appeared in the region.
The director of JFK and other classic movies made the claim in a Facebook post on Tuesday after interviewing Ukraine’s former president.
Documents show Viktor Yanukovych spent millions of dollars on furniture, hundreds of thousands of dollars on fresh flowers, and had a bodyguard who kept tabs on the opposition.
The surprise arrest of Dmitry Firtash at the request of the FBI suggests Western countries may be willing to implement harsher sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
“It is impossible to keep silent when your Motherland is on fire,” said Ambassador Motsyk.
A “Dean Scream” for the post-Soviet age, Viktor Yanukovych’s press conference will surely place a tombstone over his political career.
Viktor Yanukovych may be gone, but the European Centre for a Modern Ukraine remains.
Developing: An interim Ukrainian interior minister has said there is now a warrant out for former President Viktor Yanukovych’s arrest.
The president of Ukraine has fled among a bloody protest that has taken at least 75 lives this week alone. On Saturday, the country’s parliament voted to remove the president.
“Today we moved to restrict visas, to ban visa issuance to some 20 senior members of the Ukrainian government and other individuals who we consider responsible for ordering or otherwise directing human rights abuses related to political repression in Ukraine,” a Senior State Department official said Wednesday.
“The Russians are the crack dealer,” one Western diplomat said.
Ukrainian security forces say they will use “harsh measures” against the opposition if their ultimatum is not met. Update: Police say six policemen and seven protesters have died. WARNING: Graphic content.
Mykola Azarov has resigned to “preserve the unity and integrity of Ukraine,” while parliament has voted to cancel Ukraine’s controversial “dictatorship laws.”
“War’s finally started,” wrote one opposition lawmaker. “Laws don’t apply anymore.”
The move is seen as a gesture to help Ukraine’s embattled president sit out massive protests against his rule.
U.S. and EU officials have met rapturous receptions while touring Kiev’s Maidan. But backing protests against President Viktor Yanukovych will have all sorts of consequences in the long run.
Thousands of riot troops closed in Monday as the standoff continues. “If they storm it, we’ll defend it.”
Viktor Yanukovych has announced he’ll meet with three previous Ukrainian presidents to discuss diffusing the protests.
President Viktor Yanukovych appears to have lost control of the capital as protests against him go on for a third week.
Sunday’s anti-government protest, which attracted several hundred thousand people, may be the largest in Kiev yet, but Russian reporters are withholding the truth. One man even interrupted a reporter to hand him an Oscar “for his coverage.”
Georgia’s former president is far more popular in Ukraine than he is at home. Saakashvili has not returned to Georgia, where he faces the threat of prosecution, since leaving office last month.
A rumor Ukraine’s president had agreed to join a customs union with Russia provoked fury in Kiev, where protesters are calling for a million people to demonstrate Sunday. “Twitter is like striking matches and throwing them into the dark.”
What’s “the only difference” between the EU summit in Vilnius last week and the Munich accords of 1938 which appeased Nazi Germany? “Today’s goal is to deprive Russia of its allies, and tear Ukraine away.”
Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov is safe for now, but he and President Viktor Yanukovych are struggling to run the country in the face of a street protest movement and a deepening economic crisis.
Thousands of protesters are demanding the country move away from Russia and resume preparations to sign an association deal with the European Union.
Upwards of 100,000 people thronged the streets of Kiev, Ukraine’s capital, to protest the government’s decision to abandon an agreement with the EU in favor of better ties with the Kremlin. The protests are the largest in the former Soviet state since the Orange Revolution nine years ago.
After a months-long tug-of-war over whether the former Soviet nation would turn towards Europe or fall back under the Kremlin’s influence, Ukraine’s government backed away from Brussels towards Moscow. The decision could mean a huge victory for Vladimir Putin.
Passion or payola? A source describes being offered $500 for an article, and a consultant doesn’t deny payments.
No money changed hands, writers say.