Trip Down Memory Lane: The Full Ukraine Crisis Timeline

Tyler Durden's picture

For those who have been following every twist and turn of the Ukrainian political crisis ever since its start in November of last year, the following post is likely a recap of familiar facts and dates. For everyone else, or those who just wish to plug the occasional hole in their memory, here is a full timeline of events that led to the coup that replaced the elected president Yanukovich - despite the signing of an agreement memorandum which was endorsed by Europe and the West keeping him in power and calling for presidential elections - with an acting president who has been classified as illegitimate by Russia, in exchange for which, as well as for numerous other reasons, Moscow has completely occupied the Crimea and increasingly more cities in east Ukraine are telegraphing their alliance with Putin.

Via Reuters, and yes, this timeline too is biased to fit the "Western" narrative of events:

The crisis began in November when Ukraine's then president, Viktor Yanukovich, under Russian pressure, turned his back on a trade deal with the EU and accepted a $15 billion bailout from Moscow. That prompted three months of street protests, leading to the overthrow of Yanukovich on February 22.

Moscow denounced the events as an illegitimate coup and refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities. In late February, Russian troops seized the Crimean peninsula in a bloodless military takeover.

* Nov 21: Kiev suddenly announces suspension of trade and association talks with the EU and opts to revive economic ties with Moscow. Several hundred Ukrainians gather on the capital's central Independence Square to protest.

* Nov 22: Jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko urges Ukrainians to protest against the switch away from the EU.

* Nov 24: Some 100,000 people rally in Kiev against spurning the EU.

* Nov 25: Ukrainian police fire tear gas at demonstrators.

* Nov 29: At the EU summit in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius, Yanukovich fails to sign the association agreement.

* Nov 30: Riot police try to break up the Kiev demonstration by force. Protest turns against Yanukovich and his government.

* Dec 1: Some 350,000 people protest in Kiev and clash with police. Crowds turn Independence Square into a protest tent city. Opposition leaders call on Yanukovich to resign.

* Dec 4: Senior EU officials and ministers start visiting the protest square.

* Dec 6: Yanukovich holds previously unannounced talks in Sochi with Putin on "strategic partnership".

* Dec 8: Some 800,000 people rally in Kiev. A statue of Lenin is toppled.

* Dec 13: Yanukovich's first face-to-face talks with opposition bring no breakthrough in crisis.

* Dec 15: EU suspends talks with Ukraine on the pact. Some 200,000 people rally in Kiev.

* Dec 17: Yanukovich and Putin meet for second time since crisis began. Putin agrees to buy $15 billion of Ukrainian debt and to slash by a third the price of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine.

* Dec 18: Tens of thousands of protesters gather in Kiev, calling for Yanukovich to resign over bailout.

* Dec 20: About 100,000 take to square in central Kiev, opposition forms bloc called Maidan.

Dec 24: Ukraine receives first $3 billion tranche of Russian bailout.

* Jan 12: At least 50,000 protesters march in Kiev, reviving the movement after a Christmas and New Year lull.

* Jan 15: Ukraine court bans protests in central Kiev.

* Jan 17: Yanukovich signs new laws banning anti-government protests.

* Jan 19: Thousands protest in Kiev defying ban, some clashing with riot police.

* Jan 22: Three people die during protests and EU threatens action over handling of crisis. Talks between opposition and Yanukovich fail.

* Jan 23: Washington threatens sanctions if violence continues.

* Jan 26: Police clash with protesters in Kiev. Unrest spreads to traditionally pro-Yanukovich east. Yanukovich offers important government posts to opposition, who say they will press for more concessions, including early elections.

* Jan 27: Yanukovich and opposition agree to scrap some of the anti-protest laws. Protesters try to storm Kiev cultural centre.

* Jan 28: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov resigns. Deputies loyal to Yanukovich overturn anti-protest laws in a bid to restore calm.

* Jan 30: Yanukovich goes on sick leave, announcing that he is suffering from an acute respiratory ailment.

* Jan 31: Still on sick leave, Yanukovich signs into law a conditional amnesty for those detained in the unrest.

* Feb 2: Yanukovich returns to work after four days' sick leave, protesters fill Kiev's main square.

* Feb 7: Moscow accuses the United States of trying to foment a coup in Ukraine. Washington says Russia leaked a recording of U.S. diplomats discussing how to shape a new government in Kiev.

* Feb 9: Pressure on Yanukovich grows as protests against him continue and Russia links disbursement of next tranche of a $15 billion aid package to repayment of hefty gas bill.

* Feb 14: Russia accuses EU of seeking Ukraine "sphere of influence". Protesters released under amnesty but streets still tense.

* Feb 17: Russia boosts Yanukovich with $2 billion fresh cash injection to Ukraine.

* Feb 18: At least 14 people die as protesters clash with police in worst violence since demonstrations began.

* Feb 19: West threatens sanctions after death toll rises to 26. Yanukovich denounces bloodshed as an attempted coup.

* Feb 20: At least 39 die in clashes in Kiev. Foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland meet with Yanukovich, extend stay to put a political roadmap to opposition leaders.

* Feb 21: Opposition leaders sign EU-mediated peace pact Yanukovich to end violence that killed at least 77 people.

* Feb 22: Ukraine's parliament votes to remove Yanukovich, who flees his Kiev office, denouncing what he says is a coup. His arch-rival Yulia Tymoshenko is released from jail.

* Feb 24: Fugitive Yanukovich indicted for "mass murder" over demonstrator deaths. Moscow says it will not deal with leaders of "armed mutiny" against Yanukovich.

* Feb 26: Ukraine names ministers for new government. Angry Russia puts 150,000 troops on high alert. Washington warns Moscow against military intervention.

* Feb 27: Armed men seize Crimea parliament, raise Russian flag. Kiev's new rulers warn Moscow to keep troops within its naval base on the peninsula. Hryvnia falls to record low.

* Feb 28: Armed men take control of two airports in Crimea, described by Ukrainian minister as invasion by Moscow's forces. Ousted Yanukovich surfaces in Russia after a week on the run.

* March 1: Putin wins parliamentary approval to invade Ukraine. In Kiev, new government warns of war, puts troops on high alert and appeals to NATO for help. White House warns Russia of economic, political isolation. Russian forces fan out in Crimea. Pro-Moscow demonstrations erupt across Ukraine's south and east in what Kiev calls an attempt to repeat Crimea scenario.

* March 2: Russian forces tighten grip on Crimea. Ukraine announces call-up of reserves. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemns Russia for "incredible act of aggression", threatening "very serious repercussions".

* March 3: Markets open for first time since Kremlin announcement of right to invade. Russian share prices and ruble plummet.

* March 4: Putin announces end to war games in Western Russia, orders troops near frontier back to barracks. Ukraine says Russian navy has blocked strait between Crimea and Russia. Putin says military force in Ukraine would only be "last resort". Kerry in Kiev. U.S. official says Washington working on sanctions against Russia.

* March 5: Russia rebuffs calls to withdraw troops from Crimea, saying "self-defense" forces are not under its command. European Union pledges 11 billion euros in aid to Kiev.

* March 6: Crimea's pro-Russian leadership votes to join Russia and sets referendum for March 16, escalating crisis. U.S. President Barack Obama says referendum would violate international law and orders sanctions on those responsible for Moscow's military intervention in Ukraine.

EU leaders hold an emergency summit to try to find ways to pressure Russia to back down and accept mediation. Military monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe barred from entering Crimea.

* March 7: After hour-long phone call with Obama, Putin says they are still far apart.

* March 8: Warning shots are fired to prevent an unarmed international military observer mission from entering Crimea. Russian forces become increasingly aggressive towards Ukrainian troops trapped in bases.

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motorollin's picture

Now we need to superimpose the S&P 500 chart on the same timeline.

-.-'s picture

Natural gas futures too, please...

svayambhu108's picture

And there's always that someone who says that correlation is not causation.

The Alarmist's picture

To be correct here, correlation is not necessarily indicative of causation. Take that FWIW.

J S Bach's picture

It's always about money and those who control/issue it.

ShrNfr's picture

Ya can't give away "free" unless you seize it from somebody else, you know. That is Obama's theme song.

blindman's picture

it is seized from the the thin air you know,
all of it from the thin air.
that is what it is and not so bad, but how and what
is the nature of the use of this magnificent
the distribution and obligation of the fraudulent
induction is then attributed to the ephemeral "everyman/slave"
in price discovery. the interest to be paid on the initial
fraudulent induction is like hanger steak for the meat eater,
his pound of flesh and human sacrifice ongoing in
the halls of cannibalistic ceremonial isolation.
what was that? "it is a cook book!" ...
soilent green, it "is people" !
anyway ...
so it goes.
Jackson Browne - For Everyman [Full Album] 1973
You're It - Alan Watts

MeMadMax's picture

Obama and EU: "Ukraine is OURS gawd damn it"

Putin: "Lol"

Urban Redneck's picture

Forget Krugman and his broken windows, but if the Truxtun were to have any "accident" in the Black Sea, I'd find a 3x long Russian MIC ETF (and one for Blohm & Voss and whoever sells Abramovich his SAMs to keep the Mossad/IDF drones at bay).

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Like it or not.  The "dirty" little secret.

Rafferty's picture

Just going by observation it looks like America is indeed being destroyed, and the dollar is just one element in the destruction. All its institutions are under subversive attack.


But.......WHO?    And WHY?    The video does not make this clear, not even close to it.

CrashisOptimistic's picture

What is going to get tricky is these elections in the Kiev part of Ukraine will be what, May?  Recall that faction LOST last time, which is what put Yuv in power since 2010.

If Crimea votes to go with Russia, they probably won't be allowed to vote in May, which will guarantee a win by the Kiev leadership.  It would be like extracting NYC from NY for determination of its electoral votes.

agent default's picture

The real fun will start when Romania enters into some sort of defense pact with Ukraine.  That will drag NATO in it for sure.

Catequil's picture

Romania would wish to stay out of this in my opinion. There is nothing to gain in a defense pact with Ukraina right now and a lot to lose.

As we've seen with Lybia NATO doesn't need a stong case but rather an excuse to invade a country. And it might happen that it is not Romania to drag NATO, but NATO dragging Romania into the conflict.

And what I find most hypocritical is that NATO is supposed to be a pact for collective DEFENSE and we see examples that it has turned into a pact for collective AGGRESSION.

shovelhead's picture

We prefer the term 'pro-active defense' instead of aggression.

The Alarmist's picture

I think that should be "mutual pro-active defense" or "measures to ensure collective security of the members of the alliance." 

Crisismode's picture



We prefer to see Romania invade Ukraine.


vic and blood's picture

Great video, dogbreath. From a German perspective but in English! Apparently, some Germans don't care for the MSM garbage, either.

The Alarmist's picture

I dared to utter in a room full of Germans that the Ukranians appear to be the aggressors here, and they were unanimouse in agreement.  The average German does not see the same news reports that are broadcast in the US and UK, and there is no reliable indicator whether or not the news seen in the US and UK is a true reporting of what is actually happening on the scene.  Putin is no angel, but then again, neither are those who are comparing him to the devil. 

A Lunatic's picture

March 9: Obama threatens to go on another golf vacation if things continue to escalate......

The Alarmist's picture

The important thing is whether or not his handicap is improving ... golf handicap, that is ... not the governing handicap that is increasingly obvious.

Ifigenia's picture

if he insist on extending on those golf vacation, he would get a surprise in a week or two that his caddie boys are all disapear or sick with irradiation

blindman's picture

calling son of captain nemo ...
check this out.
09 MARCH 2014
Ukraine Gold Reserves Said To Be Put On Plane For Safekeeping in the US
Depiction on the Arch of Titus of the gold Menorah being
taken from the Temple to Rome after the sack of Jerusalem
" This is a story based on a report out of the Ukraine. Obviously I do not know yet if it is accurate. The information coming out of the Ukraine and Crimea should be sifted carefully, no matter what the source. "
comment: that was fast and first things first, eh?

vic and blood's picture

Yeah, there's room to stack it next to the German gold.

blindman's picture

or just send it straight to germany?

The Alarmist's picture

Wait a minute ... we actually let them hold their own gold?

Omen IV's picture

John "Huff and Puff" Kerry is on his last legs on this project

the economic sanctions are going nowhere in Berlin or London -no one is giving up their trade or financial relationships for Obama's latest  adventure

the unraveling in Syria was propelled by Cameron going to Parliament for approval and they said no  and Obama had to do the same with congress and got nowhere

the same is in motion today - London and satellites (Isle of Mann, Caymans, Turks and Caicos are not giving up market share, in fact the London share of money managment and financing will go up as NYC is seen as risky to whims of washington

they are undermining reserve currency status as well, by threatening each time with economic sanctions for these quarterly escapades - chinese are watching, south americans as well and elsewhere - dont put your money in USA is the obama message or we will take it from you

go london go zurich go frankfort, singapore, HK!


Ifigenia's picture

Sanction Berlin and London too for their lack of democracy solidariety.

blindman's picture

Julie London - Cry Me A River (subtitulado español castellano)
crazy huh, it is all there right in the face.

Yoki's picture

Let me finish this time line for you


-) America makes more threats, freezes some assets

-) Crimera goes through referendum, a new country is recoginzed by Russia, not West

-) Krimera uses pipline deal to try to boost its recognition,

-) Krimera "evolves" to a country by selling out Ruskies

Now, where is my drink?

Flying Wombat's picture
Russia Threatens US Dollar Destruction If Sanctions Are Imposed

ebworthen's picture

"* Feb 20:...Foreign ministers of Germany, France and Poland meet with Yanukovich, extend stay to put a political roadmap to opposition leaders.

* Feb 21: Opposition leaders sign EU-mediated peace pact Yanukovich to end violence that killed at least 77 people.

* Feb 22: Ukraine's parliament votes to remove Yanukovich, who flees his Kiev office, denouncing what he says is a coup. His arch-rival Yulia Tymoshenko is released from jail."

A coup d'etat by any other name.

Certainly not a rose.

Ifigenia's picture

This is a copy and paste modus operandi in Honduras and Uruguay.

ebworthen's picture

A coup d'etat by any other name.

GoinFawr's picture

Wait, so all Ukrainian members of parliament are unelected neofascists?

  'a vote of no-confidence by any other name...' 

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Timeline leaves out Putin's efforts to negotiate some sort of via media which would have allowed Ukraine to sign certain agreements with the EU as well as with Russia.  Russia wants most of all no NATO bases in Ukraine.

It was the EU which flatly refused to discuss this. NATO and IMF/BIS expansion is and has been the "aggressor" and efforts to blame Putin are not only hypocritical they are incoherent.  

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Ukraine is KEY to moving NATO's Missile Defense Shield further east -- to the point where they can (theoretically) intercept Russia's ICBMs in time.

This would end 'MAD' (Mutual Assured Destruction), by either launching a Nuclear Frist Strike (NFS) and pretending they reacted to a Russian NFS, or forcing the Russians to do so -- a la Japan and Pearl Harbor.

The SALT Treaty (with its reduced number of nukes) makes the job of the Shield easier, as there are fewer to intercept and reduces the risk of having "too many" getting through.

Russia has NO choice but to front-run this act of US's/NATO's encroachment.

And, in spite of all the attempts and pretenses by both sides, Russia and China know (or should know) that what they really have to stop, if they want to stop NATO's relentless eastward expansion, is to... "Stop the Dollar":  They must join forces and dethrone the USD as the GRC (Global Reserve Currency).  An excellent place to start, if the US does not relent, is to roll out a "GAS FOR GOLD" program to the EU, which will quickly bring a return of the "Cash for Gold" program -- this time in the EU.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Good stuff.

My understanding is a lot of the rentry vehicles are no longer ballistic, making hitting them significantly more difficult, and near impossible with anti-missiles designed for ICBMs.  There are also the subs and backpack tactical nukes.  I don't know much about this stuff off hand, though.  I did used to build model rockets as a kid, some fairly complicated, but apparently now the engines I once used are banned because of The Qaeda.


Anyway, point it, NATO may well be expanding and risking war in a way that makes diminished sense.  I think, and perhaps you agree, that behind NATO is the simple desire to expand the orbit of the IMF and BIS and the large banks and banking dynasties generally.  That is, I wonder how much differently this would really play out even if the missile shield issue was somehow resolved.

I don't know, but I generally blame international, private banking, central banking in particular, as the Prime Mover - ahead even of "Zionism" or "The Grand Chessboard"... or even the MIC/MISC - which despite all its great power, does not have the power to issue currency.


At the end of the day, the ability to issue currency is the basic civic power from which most other power, internationally, truly flows.



Karl von Bahnhof's picture

Unfortunatelly the first phase - from launch to orbit - is the most vulnerable part.

And that so called anti- missiles can be loaded with mini nukes and used for (search for it) global prompt strike.

Johnny Cocknballs's picture

Thanks Karl, I have some reading up to do. Kirk is definitely right about the missile shield being a huge part of it, and it's something that I have never really learned much about. So again, I just wonder how much the missile shield worries actually make sense in the changing ballistic/prompt strike environment. 

My sense is it still definitely has some value, but I think Ivan and China have had some time to read the tea leaves and have hedged accordingly. {i.e. stealth subs, "space planes" and smuggled tacticals.  I suspect Israel has snuck tactical nukes into other countries, in fact.  The US may have done so.  Russia may have. 

Yeah, just speculation. Of course.

Crimea isn't needed for anti-missile purposes though, right?  And come what may, Ivan is not going to let the EU/NATO occupy it, and NATO is not going to go hot over Crimea either, so much of this may be show. 

One has the sense that NATO and the EU is run by a bunch of college kids with a bottle of whiskey and the car keys.

Rafferty's picture

Excellent anaysis.  IOW the polar opposite of what you get in the MSM.

vic and blood's picture

Good analysis, Kirk. I think you and Johnny have this one figured out. Putin is a Cool Hand Luke but Russia is actually fighting for her life. Let me use the now stale chess analogy. Putin is a master, but so are Obama's handlers. Putin is down his queen. He has no delusions of winning the match, he seeks a stalemate(status quo). His opponent(s) are pressing their material advantage. Putin must be prepared to launch a first strike before NATO gets their missiles into East Ukraine. 

Ifigenia's picture

the ruskies are worse than their fathers the soviets. Why couldnt they live like us, serfs of the empire, and happily read  our msm, indebt as we do and dream the American dream? This freedom that they are fighting for themselves are the roots of this tension.