In an interview with BBC "Newsnight" on Monday, former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich defended himself against claims
Make no mistake - the Cold War is back. As with the first Cold War the main task is to ensure that it does not turn hot. Paradoxically, the way to achieve that is for NATO, with all the clarity it can muster, to tell Putin that a move against the Baltic states would be met by military retaliation. It is the message that should come out of the crisis summit which president Obama has called for next week. It's scary, but Putin, like so many of his predecessors, understands all too well the language of force.
Any government which starts to kill its own citizens while they are engaging in legitimate protest has forfeited the right to go on governing (would that the same applied in Syria - but we are long past that point there). At the same time, it was and is impossible not to worry about what might happen next.
Violence in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev flared again on Tuesday as thousands of anti-government protestors rioted outside
The crisis in Ukraine, which has engulfed the country for several months, has seen violent clashes between police and protesters
The area around central Kiev descended into a warzone on Wednesday with protesters and police clashing against a backdrop