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Ukraine in crisis: Key facts, major developments

Russia and West in diplomatic standoff over Crimea

Last Updated: April 13, 2014

Acting Ukrainian president Oleksander Turchinov visits a military exhibition near the settlement of Desna in the Chernigov region on April 2, 2014. (Yannis Behrakis/Reuters)

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.


 

East-West tensions


Sources: CBC News stories, wire service reports, UN, EU


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)