The Sith Lord, or at least an unnamed protester dressed up as him who has often been seen on Kiev’s Independence Square during the winter protests flanked by his loyal Stormtroopers, announced he was running for president as the official candidate of the Ukrainian Internet Party (UIP). Ukraine is holding a snap presidential election on May 25, 2014 after parliament ousted pro-Moscow leader Viktor Yanukovych following months of protests.
A very wet protest in Venezuela, Purim revelers in Jerusalem and a cancer event in Paris are among the news in today’s daily brief.
Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade the country. Ukraine’s security council has reportedly ordered the general staff to put its military on highest alert.
Russian President Vladimir Putin secured his parliament’s authority on Saturday to invade Ukraine after troops seized control of the Crimea peninsula and pro-Moscow demonstrators hoisted flags above government buildings in two eastern cities.
Feb. 24 Daily Brief: Pandas take over Taipei theatre in art display, Belarusians’ Defenders of the Fatherland Day and memorial to Kiev protesters
Pandas take over Taipei theatre in art display, Belarusians’ Defenders of the Fatherland Day, memorial to Kiev protesters and more in today’s daily brief.
Ukraine’s parliament voted on Saturday to remove President Viktor Yanukovich, who abandoned his Kiev office to protesters and denounced what he described as a coup after a week of fighting in the streets of the capital.
Parliament also freed his arch-nemesis, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who walked free from the hospital where she had been jailed, completing a radical transformation in the former Soviet republic of 46 million people.
Ukraine suffered its bloodiest day since Soviet times on Thursday with a gun battle in central Kiev as President Viktor Yanukovich faced conflicting pressures from visiting European Union ministers and his Russian paymasters.
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Anti-government protesters called an uneasy truce in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday after violent overnight clashes with police, but a separate group made an attempt to take over the main energy ministry building.
Overnight snowfall blankets Seoul, the Australian Open marches on in Melbourne, protests in Kiev continue, and more in today’s daily brief.
Dec. 21 Daily Brief: Ugly Sweater Run at National Harbor, smoking in a coal mine, getting married during Kiev protests
Santa’s rowing boats on the Venice canal, Pope Francis visits a pediatric hospital, clashes in Germany and more in today’s daily breif.