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Raising the gas tariffs which is planned for May could cause an increase in general prices which in turn may lead to discontent among many Ukrainians. The government has promised to create a system which will address subsidies which will in the first instance support low-income groups.
What's your opinion on the situation in Crimea? What does it mean for Ukraine and for Ukrainians?
No Russian troops or military hardware have been spotted here but the Ukrainian troops say they have prepared for any situation. These ditches have been created to deter any movement from the Russian side.
While celebrations on the results of referendum are underway in Crimea, in the main square of Donetsk, where a brutal clash took place just a few days ago, it is practically empty. No slogans or music here tonight.
Russian territory is just over this border-line. From here in Ukraine, we can't see any Russian troops, or military equipment at the moment. However, Ukrainian border guards continue to work under heightened security. Every day they refuse entrance to dozens of people who they suspect of planning to take part in, or provoke, conflict on Ukranian territory.
Maidan reacted skeptically to the announced cabinet of ministers. Protesters consider it more like an interim government which has to resolve Ukraine's present issues. But leaving the streets is not an option until a full reset of the political system has been achieved – not only through presidential but also parliamentary elections.
While Ukrainian politicians negotiate the coalition and candidates for the post of prime minister the Maidan protest movement which has spread far beyond Kyiv wants a change in the political system and new faces in state administrations.
A temporary peace in exchange for an end to arrests and repression…that is the offer that opposition leaders brought back after talks with the president. There is doubt at the barricades, as no one believes in promises anymore. But protesters are not taking any radical action, deciding, for now, to adopt a wait and see approach.
Independence Square was transformed into a hub of support and a place to rest. There are medical tents, where you can get some hot food, dry clothes and any other help. Activists are concerned by the growing presence of young muscular men with baseball bats in the city. Civil patrols are organised to monitor the situation around the city.
The standoff between the police and protesters in Kyiv is not calming down. As the number of injured grows, protesters fear going to hospital suspecting the police will be waiting for them. Journalists are also being injured from stun grenades and rubber bullets. Lots of them believe they are being shot at on purpose, because cameras and press-credentials are easy targets. The question now is whether the promised negotiations between the government and opposition will help stop the escalation of the conflict and bring the results the protesters have for the past two months been striving for.
We have contacted the press office of the Ministry of Internal Affairs. They say that nobody deliberately attacked journalists. It was an accident. They got caught in the line of fire of rubber bullets because they were too close to the centre of clashes.
There was an unexpected twist in the evening, when Klychko said he was going to see Yanukovych and have a discussion with him. If we talk about Euromaidan protesters' opinions, it is difficult to say if they see Klychko as the definitive opposition leader. Some of the Automaidan protesters – those in cars – said that they recognise him as the leader, however others preferred not to name anyone.
Nobody expected the protest to develop like this, nobody expected violent clashes with the police. And it seems that it was not planned in advance. Even though those who initiated the clashes were mostly radical protesters, later on some of those who were protesting peacefully admitted that they, if not physically then at least mentally, supported this mood shift. They said that the reason was their two month long protest without any of their demands being met.
Even though winter holidays were relatively calm in Ukraine, the situation remains tense. Protesters are determined to take to the streets as soon as the government gives them the slightest reason to do so. The names of those who were using force against demonstrators back in November have not been made public, so the protesters are trying to make policemen responsible for their actions in the most simple way – like forcing them to take off their masks and show their faces.
The round table called to start crisis talks between the Ukrainian government and the opposition left contradicting impressions. Ukraine's President suggested a moratorium on violence. The opposition doesn't believe the government's promises and states: Maidan hasn't been heard.
Celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Christianization of Kievan Rus has become a good occasion for the Russian and Ukrainian presidents to discuss key-issues for both states in person. Of interest though is whether Ukraine can keep the fine line between cooperation and integration with Russia.
The latest events in parliament not only endanger democratic processes in Ukraine, but also show that the parliamentary crisis has got deeper. And that could lead to the dismissal of parliament.
But members of Ukraine's media doubt whether the promise will be kept. They plan to rally again tomorrow (Tuesday).
The direction in which Ukrainians move forward will be decided very soon, at the upcoming parliamentary elections.
UEFA expects around 800,000 fans to visit Ukraine throughout the championship, but it's a different story according to the Ukrainian Hostel Association. Their figures suggest it's less than half that, more like 350,000. The exact numbers will only become clear after the tournament comes to an end.
The experts believe the encasement doesn't solve the main Chernobyl problem, that of the nuclear waste inside the demolished reactor. But there is currently no chance of moving it to a safer storage facility.
Ukrainian human rights activists have dubbed the draft law discriminatory, as cigarettes and alcohol are harmful for everyone. They want MPs to focus more on passive smoking. Many people in Ukraine are still forced to breathe in cigarette smoke in public places, in restaurants and on transport. Future mothers are among them.
Even in these severe conditions street teenagers chose houses without water supply and electricity, with broken windows as their shelter, but they only spend the nights here. During the day they go to a drop-in centre for a hot shower and warm drinks.