Year in Review Ukraine: Year in Review Timelines of events Key events in Ukraine, — Ukraine declares its independence from the Soviet Union on August 24, a move that is overwhelmingly supported by Ukrainian voters in a referendum held on December 1.
Overview[ edit ] The demonstrations began on the night of 21 Novemberwhen protests erupted in the capital, Kyivafter the Ukrainian government suspended preparations for signing the Ukraine—European Union Association Agreement with the European Unionto seek closer economic relations with Russia.
Protesters strived to break cordon. Police used tear gas and batons. Protesters also used tear gas and some fire crackers according to the police, protesters were the first to use them.
Escalating violence from government forces in the early morning of 30 November caused the level of protests to rise, with ,—, protesters, according to Russia's opposition politician Boris Nemtsovdemonstrating in Kiev on the weekends of 1 December  and 8 December. It's now about ousting Yanukovych and his corrupt government; guiding Ukraine away from its year-long, deeply intertwined and painful relationship with Russia; and standing up for basic human rights to protest, speak and think freely and to act peacefully without the threat of punishment.
This allowed parliament to pass a series of laws that removed police from Kiev, cancelled anti-protest operations, restored the constitution, freed political detainees, and removed President Yanukovych from office.
Yanukovych then fled to Ukraine's second largest city of Kharkivrefusing to recognise the parliament's decisions. The parliament assigned early elections for May The word "Maidan" is a Turkish word meaning "square" or "open space" adopted by Ukrainians from the Ottoman Empire.
Ukraine—European Union relations and Russia—Ukraine relations On 30 March the European Union EU and Ukraine initiated an Association Agreement;  however, the EU leaders later stated that the agreement would not be ratified unless Ukraine addressed concerns over a "stark deterioration of democracy and the rule of law", including the imprisonment of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko in and They didn't believe in our ability to negotiate a good agreement and didn't believe in our commitment to implement a good agreement.A large portion of Russian oil bound for Western Europe passes through Ukraine.
And twice in the past decade, in and , Russia has turned off natural gas shipments to Ukraine during. Apr 24, · So improbable though it may seem, doctrine and capabilities exist on both sides that could lead to nuclear use in a confrontation over Ukraine. The Ukraine Crisis Timeline is a detailed overview of events in Ukraine within an interactive and easy-to-navigate interface.
Updated daily, the timeline starts in . Crimean Crisis; Annexation of Crimea; In the area that now forms the border between Crimea and Ukraine mining the salt lake inlets from the sea that constitute the natural borders, and in the spit of land left over stretches of .
In early , Russia began supporting armed separatist forces in the eastern—predominantly Russian-speaking—part of Ukraine. Subsequent fighting was. Complete coverage on the crisis in Ukraine, including news, pictures & videos related to Russia's occupation.