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Crisis in Ukraine: How It Gathered, Where It's Headed

By Brent Murray and Andrew Langley/QuickTake - 2014-03-06T00:10:04Z

Photograph by Alexander Klein/AFP via Getty Images

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Rejecting the EU

Nov. 21, 2013 

Protests break out in Ukraine when the government of President Viktor Yanukovych announces it is rejecting a free-trade pact that would bolster the nation's ties with the European Union. The protesters, struggling to redefine Ukraine as a European country, say casting its lot with the EU would strengthen the nation's democracy and make a clean break from its Soviet past. Yanukovych says EU integration would gut Ukraine's economy by triggering Russian trade restrictions and exposing Ukrainian industry to ruinous competition.