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Ukraine's acting Foreign Minister Andriy Deshchytsya speaks to the UN General Assembly on March 27.

Live Blog: UN Backs Ukraine Integrity

Final Summary For March 27

-- The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution that affirms Ukraine's territorial integrity.

-- The IMF has announced "a staff-level agreement" with Kyiv on assistance of $14 billion-$18 billion in conjunction with a reform program that will "unlock" up to $27 billion over the next two years, pending final approval next month. Tthe U.S. Congress has also passed an aid bill for Ukraine.

-- Ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko has announced plans to run for president.

-- Members of the Right Sector have been holding a demonstration outside the Ukrainian parliament building to vent their anger at the killing of prominent member Oleksander Muzychko earlier in the week.

-- Six Ukrainian military officers detained by pro-Russian troops in Crimea have been released, including Colonel Yuliy Mamchur, but five others are still being held captive.

-- Anonymous sources quoted by CNN say U.S. intelligence "concludes it is more likely than previously thought that Russian forces will enter eastern Ukraine."

-- U.S. President Barack Obama, in the keynote speech of his visit to Europe, chided Russia for its use of "brute force" in Ukraine and vowed that a determined alliance of the United States and Europe will prevail over time.


*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv
14:33 27.3.2014
"In 2014, the country lacks 289 billion hryvnya ($26 billion), which is almost the amount of the entire state budget for the current year." -- Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk
14:24 27.3.2014
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has announced that she plans to run again for president.
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13:59 27.3.2014
It does appear -- given that there will have been $60 billion in capital outflow in the first quarter -- that Economic Development Minister Aleksei Ulyukayev's estimate of $100 billion in total capital outflow from Russia for all of 2014 is low-balling it.
13:54 27.3.2014
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13:34 27.3.2014
Breakaway Crimean leader Sergei Aksyonov appears to confirm the Bloomberg report that "creating a gambling zone in Crimea" is "one of the proposals being discussed."
13:06 27.3.2014
Our newsroom story on the IMF's agreement on a major bailout for Ukraine:
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has promised to loan of between $14 billion and $18 billion to cash-strapped Ukraine.

After two weeks of talks in Kyiv, the IMF said in statement on March 27 that it had reached "a staff-level agreement with the authorities of Ukraine on an economic reform program that can be supported by a two-year Stand-By Arrangement with the IMF."

It said the precise amount would be determined "once all bilateral and multilateral support is accounted for."

The loan will help prop up Ukraine's struggling economy, further weakened lately by three months of antigovernment protests and the subsequent annexation of its Crimean Peninsula by Russia.

Read the full story HERE
12:44 27.3.2014
Hundreds of people participated in the March 26 funeral service for Oleksandr Muzychko, a leading ultranationalist who was killed in a police operation, in the western Ukrainian city of Rivne. (video by RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service)
Hundreds Attend Funeral Of Slain Ukrainian Nationalist Leader
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