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February 23, 2014 | By Timothy Garton Ash
Beyond the burning barricades and the corpses in the streets, here is what is at stake in Ukraine's insurrectionary drama. The future of Ukraine as an independent state-nation Intense violence inside a state, still falling short of civil war, can go two sharply different ways. It can tear the state apart, as in Syria and the former Yugoslavia, or, if people join hands to retreat from the brink, it can weld a state-nation together, as in South Africa. A state-nation has a shared civic national identity rather than a single ethnic national identity.
February 23, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MEZHGORYE, Ukraine - The center of Kiev was relatively calm Sunday after the months of protests that reached their violent apex last week, leaving scores dead in the streets, driving Ukraine's president out of the capital and placing the opposition in tenuous control of this troubled nation. But on the highways leading north of the city, it was a different matter. The roadways were clogged with cars, drivers madly honking, edging their way forward and then parking anywhere they could, leaving people to continue on foot.
February 22, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
SOCHI, Russia -- They had stood crammed together against metal barriers for nearly two hours in the gusting cold, strangers squeezed into neighbors, a mass of wildly varied dialects and different colored flags. The temperature dropped, the wind grew, but they would not leave. The program on the giant stage dragged on, but the crowd only thickened, thousands gathering at the Olympics Medal Plaza on Saturday night for different reasons, all seemingly sticking around for the same thing.
February 21, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
The United States has the right - and a duty - to try to tamp down political violence in Ukraine, which continued early Thursday despite the announcement of a truce between the government and opposition leaders. It was appropriate for Vice President Joe Biden to telephone President Viktor Yanukovich earlier this week to counsel restraint, and for the State Department to announce that some Ukrainian leaders involved in repressing protesters won't be allowed to travel to the United States.
February 21, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin's demand that Ukraine choose between closer ties to the European Union or its traditional alliance with Moscow intensified the deadly crisis in Kiev threatening to escalate into civil war, analysts say. Kremlin leaders only a few years ago spoke of a trilateral approach to Ukraine's economic development, with Moscow providing the financial lifelines its former Soviet subject needed to keep the wheels of...
February 20, 2014 | By David Wharton
SOCHI, Russia -- Bloody clashes between government forces and demonstrators in the Ukraine have reverberated through the 2014 Sochi Olympics, where a skier has withdrawn in protest of the violence. Bogdana Matsotska of the Ukraine will not compete in the slalom -- her best event -- on Friday. “I don't want to participate when in my country people die,” Matsotska told the Associated Press on Thursday. The 24-year-old skier was hoping to join protesters in the camp known as Maidan in Kiev's Independence Square but said she had been unable to book a flight home.
February 20, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko
A deadly confrontation in the Ukrainian capital eased, at least temporarily, late Wednesday when the government announced that it had reached a truce with opposition protesters who continue to occupy a square in central Kiev. The truce announcement came after a tense day in which the government warned that it was launching an "anti-terrorist operation" and President Viktor Yanukovich replaced the armed forces chief, who reportedly had been reluctant to use the army against civilian protesters.
February 20, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - The Ukrainian parliament on Thursday passed a measure calling for a halt to a day-old "anti-terrorism operation" and ordering all law enforcement officers to cease fire and return to their barracks, the UNIAN news service reported. If the steps are carried out, they could ease the political crisis that has cost scores of lives this week in clashes between protesters and security forces in Kiev, the capital. Even if the move is not successful, the ability of opposition lawmakers to push through the measure in a parliament dominated by the ruling Party of Regions was widely seen by them and many others as an important victory for their cause.
February 19, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - The State Department on Wednesday banned 20 Ukrainian civilians from obtaining U.S. visas in an effort to ramp up pressure on the Eastern European country's government to de-escalate the bloody confrontations between police and opposition protesters. A senior State Department official would not name those banned from traveling to the U.S., but said the list included the “full chain of command” of those considered responsible for recent deadly clashes. The move was a careful first step as U.S. and European Union officials warned that more punitive sanctions could be forthcoming if a truce announced late Wednesday did not hold.
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