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Live chat replay: What the future holds for Ukraine

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A protester in Independence Square cheers news that parliament has ousted President Yanukovych on Feb. 22. (Getty Images)

Since Saturday, Ukraine's government has voted to dismiss President Viktor Yanukovych, called an early election for his replacement, nationalized his palace and issued a warrant for his arrest. 

Yanukovych and other Ukrainian officials are wanted for the "mass killing of civilians" that occurred when at least 82 people, primarily protesters, were killed in clashes in Kyiv last week.

While it's believed that Yanukovych is in the eastern Ukrainian region of Crimea, the country's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakhov says simply, "Yanukovych has disappeared." 

t's the latest development in a political crisis that began with mass protests following Yanukovych's decision to pull out of a planned trade deal with the European Union. 

 The protests only grew when the government enacted tough laws in January to crack down on demonstrations. The most violent phase of the protests began last week when police advanced on a protest camp in Independence Square, also called Maidan. 

In our live chat on Tuesday, Feb. 25, we discussed what has happened in Ukraine in the past months and days with our three guests. 

  • Susan Ormiston is an award-winning foreign correspondent for CBC News who is based in London. She has spent more than 25 years reporting from conflict zones and global hot-spots -- including Afghanistan, Egypt and Libya, Haiti, Lebanon and South Africa. She is in Kyiv. 

  • Mychailo Wynnyckyj is a Canadian living in Kyiv and an associate professor of sociology at Kyiv-Mohyla Academy. He has been involved in protests since the fall. 

  • Yulia Marushevska is a protester in Kyiv who was featured in a two-minute YouTube video I Am a Ukrainian that has been watched more than 7 million times. The video was produced by Ben Moses, the producer behind the documentary A Whisper to a Roar. 

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