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Yanukovych Speaks, Russia Moves, and Crimea Simmers

While a new government forms in Kyiv, Ukraine's ousted President Viktor Yanukovych says he intends to "continue the struggle for the future of Ukraine." As tensions simmer in Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin says there must be no further escalation of violence. The latest RFE/RL reports and analysis:

# LIVEBLOG - As news breaks, RFE/RL's Central Newsroom and Ukrainian Service, Radio Svoboda, will have the reports.

# GRAPHIC: Ukraine is divided between a mainly Ukrainian-speaking West and a predominantly Russian-speaking south and east. Popular maps frequently have depicted this divide using one shade in the west and another shade in the east. But a detailed map of Kharkiv Oblast in the country’s east reveals a more complex picture, as correspondents Glenn Kates and Christina Hicks show.

# Ukrainian officials say naval troops from Russia's Black Sea Fleet are blockading a military airport in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol where the Russian Navy has held a base ever since the 18th century. Many in Ukraine have long resented the Russian presence -- and blame ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych for the fact that they're still there. Correspondent Daisy Sindelar reports. Also, correspondent Robert Coalson was in Crimea earlier this month and has this report on the potentially volatile relations between ethnic Russians and Crimean Tatars.

# With events unfolding in Crimea and pro-Russian forces controlling the peninsula's main airports, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has called on Russia to “not violate the Budapest Memorandum.” So what is the Budapest Memorandum and what does it have to do with Crimea? Correspondent Ron Synovitz reports.

# It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it. Ukraine's interim president, Oleksandr Turchynov, referred to the current government as a "doomed" body that would have only 3-4 months to implement radical and deeply unpopular reforms. Sindelar takes a look at the top posts in Ukraine's "Kamikaze Cabinet."

# Iranians look at Ukraine and see...Iran? Correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari reports that Iranian hard-liners view the crisis in Ukraine as representative of the dangers of democracy.

LISTEN: Radio Svoboda's Natalie Sedletska talks to PRI's "The World" about uncovering and analyzing a treasure trove of Yanukovych's documents.

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