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Thursday, 23rd January 2014

Continuing Protests in Ukraine Strain the President and His Party

Source: Directorate-General for External Policies (EU)

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Several dozen protestors were arrested on Kyiv’s Independence Square. A number of protestors and journalist were injured. With the crackdown, pro-EU protests morphed into a wider demonstration of political frustration. While Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and his government survived a no-confidence vote, divisions have grown among members of Ukraine's ruling political class. President Viktor Yanukovych and Prime Minister Azarov have distanced themselves from the crackdown, while continuing to ignore demonstrators’ demands. The EU, its Member States and the US unanimously condemned the use force against peaceful demonstrators. A number of non-governmental organisations and NATO also offered their criticism. Yanukovych has asked that Russia participate in EU-Ukraine bilateral talks and that the EU offer greater financial assistance. Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Yanukovych have agreed that a Ukrainian delegation might come to Brussels. The EU has a number of options to weigh, including acting as a mediator and adopting measures. The EP should focus on the implications of the crackdown for Ukraine's democracy.

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Having begun his career in academic libraries, Adrian Janes has subsequently worked extensively in public libraries, chiefly in enquiry work as an Information Services librarian. In this role he has had particular responsibility for information from both the UK Government and the European Union. He wrote a detailed report on sources for the latter which was published by FreePint in 2007, and has contributed articles to FreePint and ResourceShelf. He is involved in training in information literacy and the use of online reference resources.

A Contributing Editor to DocuTicker, he also write reviews for Pennyblackmusic.

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