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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 invites EU companies to buy into gas pipeline system

Ukraine would like European companies to buy shares in its natural gas pipeline system as a way to achieve energy independence for itself and the European Union and lay the basis for "what would on the whole be a new energy policy in Europe," Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Monday

Russia denies deployment of air defense systems in eastern Ukraine

Russia's Defense Ministry on Thursday denied an allegation by the U.S. State Department on Wednesday that Russia is deploying air defense systems in eastern Ukraine and said that, on the contrary, there are American military instructors posted in that part of Ukraine training Ukrainian soldiers to fight in urban environments

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