Protests in Kiev’s central Independence Square started on Nov. 21, after the Ukrainian government said it would not sign a trade association agreement with the EU at the Eastern Partnership summit in Vilnius. Opposition groups wanting closer ties with Europe have demanded that the government of President Viktor Yanukovych resign, and that early elections be held.

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Ukraine promises constitutional reform - Kerry

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry cited Ukrainian Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya as making repeated assurances during a meeting in Geneva on Thursday between Ukraine, Russia, the European Union and the United States that the Ukrainian government would launch constitutional reform

Moscow calls on Paris to restrain Kyiv

Russia is calling on France to stop the Kyiv authorities from using force against demonstrators in the Ukrainian town of Slavyansk and claims that whether a four-party meeting will be held depends entirely on the decisions made in Kyiv under Washington's protection

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