Clashes in Ukraine, while it looks to Europe for gas supplies
Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:21
April 11 - Tensions continue to escalate, with pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian clashes in Odessa. This, as Ukraine looks to Europe to shore up its energy sector. Jillian Kitchener reports.
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A stand-off in the streets of Odessa.
Pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian protesters clash outside the hotel where Ukrainian presidential candidate Oleg Tsarev was staying.
A bus is attacked and a Ukrainian flag is burned.
This, as Russia's chief prosecutor warns that ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich will not be extradited:
(SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIA'S CHIEF PROSECUTOR YURI CHAIKA, SAYING:
"Yanukovich is a fully fledged, legitimate president. The authorities that are there today came to power - in my opinion, and I speak as a lawyer - unlawfully as a result of an armed coup. We have no grounds for extradition of Yanukovich as Yanukovich is a legitimate president and he didn't commit a crime."
As tensions continue to escalate, Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that gas supplies to Europe could be disrupted by Ukraine's failure to pay its gas bills.
A now fearful Ukraine hopes to buy gas from Europe.
The European Commission had this to say:
(SOUNDBITE) (English) EUROPEAN COMMISSION SPOKESPERSON, SABINE BERGER, SAYING:
"We expect Russia to respect its supply commitments and we expect the Ukraine to respect its transit commitments to the EU."
Russia has nearly doubled the gas price it charges Ukraine.
...Punishing a distressed economy, in a free-fall since Yanukovich was toppled in violent protests.
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