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Ukrainian acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk (right) welcomes U.S. Vice President Joe Biden before their meeting in Kyiv today.
15:05 29.3.2014
Pussy Riot hits Kyiv:

15:04 29.3.2014
This is bound to raise eyebrows. Tymoshenko calls on oligarchs to stay out of politics:
15:00 29.3.2014
Tymoshenko speaks about Ukrainian Russian:

14:59 29.3.2014
14:45 29.3.2014
You just had to know this was going to happen sooner or later:

RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service has more details.

"Darth Vader, the chairman of the "Internet Party of Ukraine" has submitted to the Central Electoral Commission all the necessary documents to register as a candidate for president in the May 25 special election, including a deposit of 2.5 million hryvna (approximately $227,000).
14:34 29.3.2014
Political consultant Brian Mefford, an ex-advisor to Viktor Yushchenko, writes in the "Kyiv Post" about Russia's three "annexations" of Crimea -- 1783, 1944, 2014 -- and the plight of the Tatars.
14:23 29.3.2014
Citing authorities in Kyiv, Euronews reports that "more than 3,500 people from Crimea have left the peninsula to escape Russian rule."
14:20 29.3.2014
Reuters reports that diplomats claim Russia threatened countries ahead of UN vote on Ukraine. Russian response is priceless: "We never threaten anyone. We just explain the situation."
(Reuters) - Russia threatened several Eastern European and Central Asian states with retaliation if they voted in favor of a United Nations General Assembly resolution this week declaring invalid Crimea's referendum on seceding from Ukraine, U.N. diplomats said.

The disclosures about Russian threats came after Moscow accused Western countries of using "shameless pressure, up to the point of political blackmail and economic threats," in an attempt to coerce the United Nations' 193 member states to join it in supporting the non-binding resolution on the Ukraine crisis.

According to interviews with U.N. diplomats, most of whom preferred to speak on condition of anonymity for fear of angering Moscow, the targets of Russian threats included Moldova,Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan as well as a number of African countries.

A spokesman for Russia's Mission to the U.N. denied that Moscow threatened any country with retaliation if it supported the resolution, saying: "We never threaten anyone. We just explain the situation."
14:16 29.3.2014
A snarky tweet about sparse turnout at demonstration in Donetsk:
14:14 29.3.2014
Polish PM calls for European energy union. Via Reuters:
TYCHY, Poland, March 29 (Reuters) - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Saturday the European Union should form an energy union to bolster its energy security and lessen its dependence on key gas supplier Russia whose annexation of Crimea has caused a tense stand-off with the West.

Russia, which provides around one third of the EU's oil and gas, sent shockwaves through the international community with its military intervention and annexation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula two weeks ago.

The action prompted the United States and its European allies to begin imposing sanctions on President Vladimir Putin's inner circle and to threaten to penalise key sectors of Russia's economy.

Some 40 percent of Russia's gas destined for Europe is shipped through Ukraine.

"The experience of the last few weeks shows that Europe must strive towards solidarity when it comes to energy," Tusk said.

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