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Russia Presses Ukraine To Pay $2 Billion Gas Debt Amid Crimea Scrap

Russia said Ukraine’s natural gas debt climbed to almost $2 billion and signaled supplies may be cut, ratcheting up pressure on its neighbor as they scrap over the future of the Black Sea Crimea region.

Ukraine hasn’t made its February fuel payment and owes Russia $1.89 billion, according to gas export monopoly OAO Gazprom (OGZD), which halted supplies to Ukraine five years ago amid a pricing and debt dispute, curbing flows to Europe. Lawmakers in Moscow said they’d accept the results of a March 16 referendum on Crimea joining Russia as Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s premier, reiterated that his cabinet deems the vote illegal.

“We can’t supply gas for free,” Gazprom Chief Executive Officer Alexei Miller said in the statement. “Either Ukraine pays off its debt and pays for current deliveries or there’s a risk of a return to the situation we saw at the start of 2009.”

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What is REALLY going on in Ukraine?

What is really going on in Ukraine?

Reading reports in the American media, that once revered institution which is now nothing more than a struggling source of poorly constructed propaganda, one would think that the Ukraine is in the midst of a pro-European revolution.  According to their fairy tale, former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych was a pro-Moscow tool, ousted only after he refused to let his pro-European citizenry join the EU.  Protestors, they tell us, organized in an enlightened, democratic spirit, to run the murderous tyrant out of the country.  Following this narrative, Moscow’s power in Ukraine has been significantly curtailed.  The protestors expressed the will of the people and are now attempting to establish a pro-western, pro-EU government in Ukraine...

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Ukraine Protests Timeline

Three protesters died during Wednesday's confrontation between police and demonstrators in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, further escalating the two-month-old protest movement over the government decision to ditch a cooperation deal with the European Union for closer ties with Moscow.

Here are the key dates that have shaped the protests...

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