A special update of key events in the Ukraine conflicts with Russia.
It was just three months ago protestors sparked a fire in the Ukraine.
During the early stages, these protests were confined to small patches of annoyance against the nation’s leader, President Viktor Yanukovych, and his choice to abandon a European Union political and economic pact in order to seek functional and profitable relations with Moscow.
According to Global News, by November of 2013, protestors had taken to the streets, being brutally attacked by police officers who were called in to calm their rising and alarming number.
However, by Dec. 1 protestors had seized Kiev’s city hall, forming one of the largest activist movements in Ukraine’s history.
Their voices fell short as President Yanukovych pressed on with a deal that allowed Russian President Vladimir Putin over $15 billion dollars worth in government bonds from the Ukraine.
In exchange natural gas exportation from Russia would see a drop in prices; the two insisted there were no side deals involved. Their deal came just a little over two weeks after the protestors seized the Independence Square in Kiev.
At the end of January, after a month of live protests, the first demonstrators were shot in a confrontation with police officers.
The nation’s Parliament repealed laws that enabled the police officers to fire on civilians in order to ease the tension.
Even when a truce was called a few days after the repeal it did little to stop the violent protests from emerging again the next day.
By the middle of February nearly 300 people had been arrested, and at least 29 people had died. As hours passed, and casualties ensued, protest leaders and Yanukovych planned to form a new government, and the nation’s Parliament released his key rival, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.
As protestors moved in closer, Yanukovych fled the country.
Now, with the vote to remove Yanukovych from his office, the Ukrainian Parliament is moving to hold new presidential elections, with Tymoshenko promising to run for position. As of late, pro-Russian activists were striking up with outbreaks of violence in Crimea, which resides in the southern region of the Ukraine.
According to CNN, today, Yanukovych said he remained his country’s legitimate elected leader and was not giving up.
Nations hold their breath, with hopes and prayers that these protests will end peacefully, and soon.
By Anjanette Alexander