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March 22/14: Canadian PM Stephen Harper visits Kiev in show of support;
commits to re-start free trade negotiations; sends warning to Putin [video]

Canadian PM Stephen Harper paid respets on behalf of Canada at Kiev's Independence Square and spoke
at press conference with Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

AP: March 6/14 - Police clear hundreds of pro-Russian demonstrators
from government building they had stormed on Wednesday in Donetsk

UN HQ - New York: Ukraine's Yuriy Sergeyev speaks on situation in Ukraine after
Russian invasion; Security Council media stakeout (March 1, 2014, pm) [video]

Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, on the situation in Ukraine. (click to watch)

Kiev: LIVE video feeds from Independence Square & around Ukraine

Crimea: LIVE webcams

maidan LIVE streaming video by Ustream

EuroMaydan_FALCON LIVE streaming video by Ustream

#EuroMajdan LIVE streaming video by Ustream

Espresso TV - Live - YouTube

ATR Live from Crimea/Ukraine - YouTube

Kiev: BBC report from February 20, 2014 [recorded]
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NewsWatchCanada coverage as it happened:
Kiev: Police snipers caught on multiple videos as they shoot hundreds;
100+ dead and 500 wounded in unprecedented Thursday morning slaughter

Police snipers took aim & deliberately fired. Other police with AK-47s fired automatic bursts of gunfire into civilians,
mowing them down in cold-blooded murder. The world watched on multiple live video channels. Click to watch on Youtube.

Kiev: Massacre of the unarmed: Medic says at least 70 protesters dead

Activists pay respects to some of the protesters mowed down by police automatic gunfire, some from snipers, in early
morning clashes in Independence Square, the epicenter of the country's current unrest. ~ Efrem Lukatsky AP Photo

Kiev: Major conflict underway as protesters surge and re-take square;
many, many casualties as gunfire and loudspeakers punch up urgency;
unbelievable police thuggery as they fire automatic weapons into crowds

In top picture there are at least three dead bodies on the ground a wounded person being taken to a makeshift triage
centre. The gunfire is almost non-stop and victims are also being carried out of the front lines non-stop as protesters
overwhelm riot police firing automatic weapons and re-take all of Independence Square Thursday morning. Sirens
wail as ambulances take away casualties. Bottom picture, captured police officers are seen being led away
after the gunfire calmed.

Kiev: Baird and Harper blast Ukraine Government for bloody violence;
Canada gives refuge to bloodied protesters in Canadian Embassy in Kiev

These two screen captures show destruction in past few hours. Top is a live view at 11:22 pm ET showing firefighters
battling a blaze in the building to the left as fires rage in the streets; bottom is the same scene 8 hours earlier, showing
the buildings lit up with a huge video screen displaying the conflgration live. It's not known who set the building on fire
or whether there's a chance to save it, as smoke billows unrelentingly, despite firefighters efforts in the middle of this
war zone. As bombs explode, guns fire and the sounds of broken glass dominate, the overwhelming sound is that of
the protesters singing gloriously and their drums beating in defiance. It is a scene out of Dante's Inferno as the sun
starts to rise over the Ukraine.

Kiev ~ LIVE CBC video: Ukraine violence grows in fiery showdown

It's been a brutal day and night in Kiev as police were ordered to remove the protest camp and encampment tents
were set on fire. Protesters are holding their ground and battling back. There are dead on both sides and many
injured. If you watch the LIVE TV feeds [click here or other link in left column] you'll see the number of
ambulances and hear their sirens over guns firing and concussion grenade blasts. The CBC contact at the scene
believes the police are firing rubber bullets. World leaders have called for calm and Canada's Foreign
Minister John Baird has told them the world is watching and the time for peace is now.

Additional video screen captures as it happened, February 20/2014
NOTE: as these screen captures were made from the CBC live feed provided by
Reuters, there was full sound -- automatic gunfire, concussion grenades, singing, and
voices urging on the resistance could easily be heard; it was clear a tragedy was unfolding

G7: Sanctions on Russia energy, banking, finance and arms industries

The Netherlands: The Hague Declaration

  1. We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council and the President of the European Commission met in The Hague to reaffirm our support for Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence.

  2. International law prohibits the acquisition of part or all of another state’s territory through coercion or force. To do so violates the principles upon which the international system is built. We condemn the illegal referendum held in Crimea in violation of Ukraine’s constitution. We also strongly condemn Russia’s illegal attempt to annex Crimea in contravention of international law and specific international obligations. We do not recognize either.

  3. Today, we reaffirm that Russia’s actions will have significant consequences. This clear violation of international law is a serious challenge to the rule of law around the world and should be a concern for all nations. In response to Russia’s violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and to demonstrate our determination to respond to these illegal actions, individually and collectively we have imposed a variety of sanctions against Russia and those individuals and entities responsible. We remain ready to intensify actions including coordinated sectoral sanctions that will have an increasingly significant impact on the Russian economy, if Russia continues to escalate this situation.

  4. We remind Russia of its international obligations, and its responsibilities including those for the world economy. Russia has a clear choice to make. Diplomatic avenues to de-escalate the situation remain open, and we encourage the Russian Government to take them. Russia must respect Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, begin discussions with the Government of Ukraine, and avail itself of offers of international mediation and monitoring to address any legitimate concerns.

  5. The Russian Federation’s support for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine is a step in the right direction. We look forward to the mission’s early deployment, in order to facilitate the dialogue on the ground, reduce tensions and promote normalization of the situation, and we call on all parties to ensure that Special Monitoring Mission members have safe and secure access throughout Ukraine to fulfill their mandate.

  6. This Group came together because of shared beliefs and shared responsibilities. Russia’s actions in recent weeks are not consistent with them. Under these circumstances, we will not participate in the planned Sochi Summit. We will suspend our participation in the G-8 until Russia changes course and the environment comes back to where the G-8 is able to have a meaningful discussion and will meet again in G-7 format at the same time as planned, in June 2014, in Brussels, to discuss the broad agenda we have together. We have also advised our Foreign Ministers not to attend the April meeting in Moscow. In addition, we have decided that G-7 Energy Ministers will meet to discuss ways to strengthen our collective energy security.

  7. At the same time, we stand firm in our support for the people of Ukraine who seek to restore unity, democracy, political stability, and economic prosperity to their country. We commend the Ukrainian government’s ambitious reform agenda and will support its implementation as Ukraine seeks to start a new chapter in its history, grounded on a broad-based constitutional reform, free and fair presidential elections in May, promotion of human rights and respect of national minorities.

  8. The International Monetary Fund has a central role leading the international effort to support Ukrainian reform, lessening Ukraine's economic vulnerabilities, and better integrating the country as a market economy in the multilateral system. We strongly support the IMF's work with the Ukrainian authorities and urge them to reach a rapid conclusion. IMF support will be critical in unlocking additional assistance from the World Bank, other international financial institutions, the EU, and bilateral sources. We remain united in our commitment to provide strong financial backing to Ukraine, to co-ordinate our technical assistance, and to provide assistance in other areas, including measures to enhance trade and strengthen energy security.

The Netherlands: G8 for Sochi cancelled; replaced by G7 in Brussels

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