Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych scrapped controversial anti-protest laws Friday but faced calls from the military to take "urgent steps" to ease the ex-Soviet nation's worst crisis since independence.
A leading protester reappeared with his face swollen and caked in blood, saying he had been tortured and dumped in a forest after vanishing more than a week ago, prompting condemnation from the European Union and the United States.
The Ukrainian armed forces weighed in on the crisis for the first time, calling for Yanukovych to act urgently to stabilise the situation.
As long as Kiev remains unable to claim full control of Ukrainian territory, Moscow can undermine the legitimacy of a pro-Western government it despises for overthrowing Kremlin-backed authorities earlier this year. Read more...