Ukraine in crisis: Key facts, major developments
Russia and West in diplomatic standoff over Crimea
Last Updated: April 13, 2014
The Ukrainian economy risks a default in the not-too-distant future, and ousted president Viktor Yanukovych actively lobbied both Russia and the European Union for a financial life jacket.
Yanukovych's surprise November 2013 reversal on a pro-EU trade deal and a pivot towards Russian influence brought thousands to the streets in protest.
The demonstrations came to a boil in February 2014 when Yanukovych cracked down. The protesters resisted, then parliament moved to depose Yanukovych. The ousted leader has taken refuge in Russia.
The Crimean region has been annexed by Moscow after a March 16 referendum, and unrest is brewing in other eastern Ukrainian areas with a large population of Russia speakers.
Sources: CBC News stories, wire service reports, UN, EU
Military might compared
Sources: IISS, Reuters, World Bank, UN
Who's who in the conflict
Timeline: Latest developments
Ukraine's ethnic divide
Before and after images: Kyiv protests
Independence Square, Kyiv | Left: April 22, 2009 | Right: Feb. 20, 2014 (Sergei Supinsky, Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty)
Map: Kyiv hotspots
Top photo: Acting Ukrainian president Oleksander Turchinov visits a military exhibition near the settlement of Desna in the Chernigov region on April 2. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)