Ukrainians elected billionaire Petro Poroshenko as president, two exit polls showed, handing him the task of stemming deadly separatist violence that’s threatening to rip the former Soviet republic apart.
OAO Gazprom, Russia’s state gas exporter, presented Ukraine with an additional $11.4 billion bill for fuel it promised to buy last year, increasing pressure on the government in Kiev as the prospect of supply cuts looms.
Ukraine’s opposition urged protesters at a fifth straight Sunday rally to join its new political movement and keep pressure on President Viktor Yanukovych for accepting a $15 billion Russian bailout over European integration.
Ukraine hoped the European soccer championships would showcase its progress since the Soviet Union collapsed. Instead, it’s shining the spotlight on accusations of political repression, graft and aging infrastructure.
Yaroslav Rushchyshyn likes to call the antique clothing irons displayed at his Ukrainian factory the “backup line,” for when authorities punish him for criticizing government policies by shutting down the power.
Vladimir Putin’s efforts to regain influence in Ukraine after the leader he campaigned for was overthrown will be quiet and less extreme than anything like military action, analysts from Moscow to London said.