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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Live Coverage: Tensions in Ukraine

Viktor F. Yanukovych, the ousted president of Ukraine, appealed to Russia on Thursday to protect his personal safety, while news agencies reported that he may already be in Russia. Earlier on Thursday, activists believed to be pro-Russian seized government buildings in the capital of Ukraine’s Crimea region.

Auto-Refresh: ON Turn ON Refresh Now Feed Twitter 7:48 A.M. Ukraine Lawmakers Form Majority Coalition

Ahead of the vote to approve an interim government, lawmakers in the Ukrainian Parliament have formed a new majority coalition that they are calling “European Choice.” In his speech, Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, who has been selected to serve as acting prime minister, said that Ukraine must immediately resume negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and meet any conditions needed to receive assistance dealing with a severe economic crisis. Mr. Yatsenyuk also said that he would revive the sweeping political and free trade deals with the European Union that Mr. Yanukovych scuttled in November, setting off the civil unrest.