Ukraine’s road to bloody deadlock
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With growing budget and trade deficits, and debt repayments approaching, public finances have been heading for bankruptcy.
WHAT SPARKED THE canada goose clearance sale PROTESTS? Popular hopes of economic improvement were raised by plans to sign a wide ranging free trade and association agreement with the European Union at the end of November. Yanukovich had resisted EU demands canada goose coats that he free Yulia Tymoshenko, his pro EU opponent jailed in 2011, buy canada goose jacket cheap but a deal still appeared imminent.
Russian President Vladimir Putin was not happy, and Moscow, which buys more than half of Ukraine exports, threatened to shut borders and pipelines if Yanukovich signed up with the EU.
On November 21, he rejected it, and tens of thousands of people took over Independence Square in central Kiev in protest.
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canadian goose jacket They have strong support in Ukrainian speaking western regions and among urban middle classes frustrated by graft.
cheap Canada Goose Having started with demands for closer ties to the EU, the opposition now wants Yanukovich, 63, to at least share power or step down. They accuse him of selling out Ukraine to Russia and of enriching himself and allies in his native, Russian speaking east, where he worked as an electrician after a troubled youth that included two spells in prison for theft and assault.
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He brushed off their demands, but confrontation heightened when parliament pushed canada goose on sale through new laws curbing protest and canada goose factory sale civil rights. Several were killed in days of fighting on barricades around Independence Square, canada goose store or Maidan, from January 19.
Caught between the West and Russia, he repealed the new legislation, offered amnesty to those detained and removed Russian born Prime Minister Mykola Azarov. However, opposition leader Yatsenyuk turned down an offer to take over as premier.
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EU and NATO enlargement eastward to embrace much of the old Soviet bloc with membership or Canada Goose Online alliances has fanned Russian irritation at encroachment on its abroad Putin hopes in turn to form a Eurasian customs union, including Ukraine, a major market and historic cradle of Russian national identity.
buy canada goose jacket Kremlin aides have also floated a federal Ukraine, in which the east might join Russia zone, while the west would uk canada goose look to the EU.
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canada goose deals WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? The United States and European Union have imposed limited, targeted sanctions that few diplomats expect to have much effect. Russia has made clear it wants Yanukovich to impose order if he wants to keep benefiting from financial support.
Following late night talks brokered by EU foreign ministers, Yanukovich and the opposition were expected to sign a deal on Friday.
A senior EU diplomat said the agreement would involve constitutional reforms, including reduced presidential powers, to be implemented by September.
It was still unclear whether other opposition demands such as a transitional government and early elections were part of the deal.
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canada goose black friday sale This deal is key to easing the stand off in the streets, which many feared over the last few days could bring the country canada goose clearance to civil war and prompt a Russian intervention to protect people holding its passports, especially in the east and Crimea, where Moscow docks its Black Sea fleet.