Ukraine Signs EU Agreement

Ukraine’s acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyk has signed the “association” agreement with the European Union that Viktor Yanukovych refused to sign, leading to his ouster and Russia’s seizing of the Crimea.

It is just a political agreement, not a trade agreement, so it’s a long way from Ukraine’s actually joining the EU.

Well, That Wasn’t Close

The Ukrainian Parliament voted 380 to 0 to oust President Viktor Yanukovych and hold a new presidential election on May 25.

Yanukovych has fled to Kharkov, near the border with Russia, and says he will not resign.  His rival, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who was convicted on corruption charges in 2011, has been released from prison, and went to Kiev to address the protestors in Independence Square.

About 88 are believed to have died in the protests since Tuesday.