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        Current Events in Ukraine: Unfolding a Political Crisis

        Use these five videos and accompanying Teacher’s Guides from PBS Newshour Extra to address the current political crisis in Ukraine. These news stories span from December 3, 2013, through March 10, 2014.

        The current wave of protests in Ukraine began in late November 2013, after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, under pressure from Russia, rejected a deal that would have created closer ties with the European Union. Protests flared again in mid-February, spreading from the capital of Kiev to other regions and leading to violent clashes between police and demonstrators that resulted in the deaths of more than 80 people. The Ukrainian parliament responded by impeaching President Yanukovych on February 22, causing him to flee to Russia. Following Yanukovych's impeachment, which Russians and pro-Russian Ukrainians opposed, Russia sent troops to Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, which is geographically and culturally close to Russia. As of March 7, a newly appointed government in Crimea has proposed a March 16 referendum that would allow residents of Crimea to vote on whether to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, or stay in Ukraine with greater autonomy.

        The Teacher's Guides below provide facts and links on Ukraine's background, including the longstanding tension between its ties with Russia and links to Western Europe, as well as discussion questions and writing prompts addressing this tension and the United States and NATO's response to the developing crisis.

        Discussion Questions:
        Consider these news stories as informational "texts." If you view all five videos in a row, consider how news stories unfold over time. Does the spread of the crisis to the Crimea in February 2014 seem predictable or unpredictable given reporting from December and January? What do these news stories omit that would be useful for an in-depth understanding of these events?

        Protesters storm streets in Ukraine after president refuses agreement with EU

        This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on December 3, 2013: Protesters tried to paralyze the Ukrainian government after their President refused an agreement to join the EU.

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        World Politics: Kiev Protesters Hold Their Ground in the Face of New Concessions by Yanukovych Video

        Protestors barricading the streets in preparation for clashes with police; they want the removal of Yanukovych and his entire cabinet.

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        Fresh Protest Violence Erupts in Ukrainian Capital

        This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on February 21, 2014: Fire erupted in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev this week and more than a dozen people killed in the latest anti-Russian protests that have embroiled the country for almost three months.

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        An Already Stressed Political Situation in Ukraine Intensifies

        This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on February 27, 2014: Following the removal of Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych after weeks of violent protest in Kiev, proposed new Ukrainian leaders were introduced to demonstrators yesterday. However, that was overshadowed by mounting concerns over Russian military moves.

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        Ukrainians Brace for Conflict as Prospect of War Looms

        This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on March 3, 2014: After a week of heightened tension in Ukraine, the Russian parliament voted unanimously on Saturday to use military force in Ukraine’s eastern region of Crimea. How will this development affect the ongoing crisis in Ukraine?

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        Crimean Call for Vote on Splitting from Ukraine Prompts International Opposition

        Crimean Call for Vote on Splitting from Ukraine Prompts International Opposition

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