February 21, 2014

Protests in Kiev continue despite President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders signing an EU-brokered agreement which seeks to end the bloody political crisis in the country.

Friday, February 21
23:18 GMT:

US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a “constructive” phone call and agreed it was important that Ukraine’s peace agreement be implemented quickly and that Ukraine’s economy is stabilized, a senior State Department official told reporters on Friday, Reuters reported.

“They agreed that the agreement reached today needed to be implemented quickly, that it was very important to encourage all sides to refrain from violence, that there was a real opportunity here for a peaceful outcome,” the official said.

22:36 GMT:

Soon after the presidential impeachment bill was introduced in Ukrainian parliament, President Viktor Yanukovich left for Kharkov to attend a summit of south-eastern regions, according to media reports.

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