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Russia warns against trusting Ukraine's opposition

Ukraine's opposition has taken over power with Russia saying they can't be trusted, reported The Moscow Times on Feb. 24, 2014. Russian officials have warned that the political opposition which has taken power in Ukraine is made up of "illegal extremist groups" that don't represent the majority of the Ukrainian people. Russia is now calling on opposition leaders to abide by an agreement which was reached earlier.

People gather for prayers and to listen to speakers in Independence Square on February 23, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.
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In this European Union mediated deal, which was reached on Friday, opposition leaders Vitaly Klitschko, Arseny Yatsenyuk and Oleh Tyahnybok and previous President Viktor Yanukovych agreed to refrain from using violence. Anti-government protesters had to unblock roads and squares, while handing over illegal weapons and vacating the public buildings which they had been occupying for months. In return for the protesters backing down, presidential elections were planned to be held in December along with reforms restricting Yanukovych's powers.

With Moscow supported Viktor Yanukovich having been ousted, the United States has warned Russia against sending in its forces, reports Al Jazeera. Oleksander Turchynov, who is Ukraine's new acting president, has pledged to put the country back on course for European integration. Turchynov said on Sunday that Ukraine's new leadership desires relations with Russia on a "new, equal and good-neighborly footing that recognizes and takes into account Ukraine's European choice." Yanukovich has fled to an unknown location amidst violent street protests, as Turchynov now plans to swear in a government by Tuesday which can provide authority until a presidential election is held on May 25.

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