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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OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine to use drones

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko and the Chairperson-in-Office for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), Didier Burkhalter, have agreed a substantial increase in personnel and equipment for the monitoring and verification mission

U.S. seeking to split EU, Russia economically - Lavrov

The United States is seeking to take advantage of the crisis in Ukraine to break economic ties between the European Union and Russia and impose supplies of its natural gas on Europe at prices significantly higher than the Russian ones, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said

Tymoshenko warns of danger of Minsk agreements for Ukraine

The leader of the Batkivshchyna Party, Yulia Tymoshenko, and President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz discussed the new package of EU sanctions against Russia and exchanged their views on prospects for developments in Ukraine at their meeting in Kyiv on Friday

U.S. destroyer Ross departs from Black Sea

The U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Ross (DDG-71), which has taken part in the NATO-Ukraine Sea Breeze 2014 exercises in the north-western areas of the Black Sea, is back in the Mediterranean, a military diplomatic source told Interfax-AVN

Minsk protocol published in parliamentary newspaper Golos Ukrainy

The protocol adopted in the meeting of the contact group in Minsk on September 5 on the joint steps aimed at implementing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's peace plan and the initiatives of Russian President Vladimir Putin, which was signed in Minsk on September 5, was published in the Wednesday edition of the parliamentary newspaper Golos Ukrainy

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