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Disquieting developments

THE new Ukrainian Parliament's overwhelming vote last week in favour of the country opting for membership of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) is a contentious signal from a pro-western government to further cement Kiev's strategic ties with the West. The decision reverses the country's policy of non-alignment with any political and military grouping, codified under former President Viktor F. Yanukovych in 2010. Instead, it paves the way for Ukraine's strong military and strategic engagement with European powers and...

Ukraine 'retakes two more cities'

Ukraine 'retakes two more cities'

The Ukrainian government says its forces have retaken two more eastern cities from pro-Russian rebels. The website of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said the national flag was raised in Artyomivsk and Druzhkivka. It comes a day after government forces regained control of the rebel stronghold of Sloviansk. Meanwhile, large crowds have attended a rally in the...

Pro-Russians seize Crimea naval base

Pro-Russians seize Crimea naval base

Pro-Russian activists have taken control of the HQ of Ukraine's navy in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. Ukrainian navy chief Serhiy Hayduk has been detained and the Russian flag is flying over the compound. Many Ukrainian personnel have left the base. On Tuesday, Crimean leaders signed a treaty with Moscow absorbing the peninsula into Russia. That followed...

Ukraine to debate amnesty for protesters

Ukraine to debate amnesty for protesters

Ukraine's parliament is due to debate a possible amnesty for scores of protesters arrested in anti-government demonstrations. President Viktor Yanukovych has said he wants to make the amnesty conditional on protesters leaving official buildings and taking down barricades.

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