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US tells Russia to show its Ukrainian promise is sincere

The US Secretary of State John Kerry has told Russia to demonstrate in the coming days that its promise not to intervene in Ukraine is sincere.

“This morning I called Foreign Minister Lavrov and we talked at some length about the transition and the events in Ukraine and the region and I asked, specifically, that Russia work with the United States and with our friends and allies in order to support Ukraine to rebuild unity, security and a healthy economy,” Kerry said at a joint news conference with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

The White House earlier warned Russia to avoid “provocative” acts, and to support Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.


Ukraine crisis – how it unfolded

NOVEMBER 2013
24: Thousands protest in Kyiv over government move to shelve EU association agreement.

DECEMBER
17: Ukraine secures a 11bn euro bailout from Russia.

JANUARY 2014
19: Up to 200,000 gather in Kyiv to show opposition to newly-enacted anti-protest laws. Clashes between police and protesters.
20: Clashes continue into second day.
22: Kyiv Post reports five killed and 300 injured as clashes intensify.
23: Truce announced which paves the way for arrested protestors to be released.
28: Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigns. Nine of 11 anti-protests laws repealed after vote in parliament. Stand-off continues between police and protesters in Kyiv.

FEBRUARY
18: 20,000 protestors march to parliament with MPs set to debate a possible new constitution. At least 17 people, including seven policeman, are killed as fresh clashes erupt.
19: Truce agreed.
20: Truce breaks down, fresh clashes see 48-hour death toll rise to at least 77.
21: Peace deal signed, with talk of early elections. Violence spreads to western Ukraine.
22: Protesters freely take control of presidential buildings amid reports Yanukovych has fled. Parliament votes to remove him with fresh elections set for May. Yanukovych appears on TV and denounces a “coup dêtat”. Opposition leader Tymoshenko released from jail.
23: Tymoshenko ally becomes acting president, saying European integration is a priority
25: Parliament votes for ousted Yanukovych to be tried at International Criminal Court.
26: Interim government moves to disband Ukraine’s riot police force as leaks lift the lid on the high-living of ousted president Yanukovych
27: Reports emerge suggesting Yanukovych is now in Russia as parliament appoints new pro-EU government. It comes amid fears of separatism after pro-Russian gunmen takeover government building in Crimea.


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