Ukraine to Form New Government

With an ousted president and outrage in the streets, main members of Ukraine’s government are under investigation and being questioned for accusations of “illegal actions,” according to CNN.

A delayed government has caused uproar and violence that has not been seen since the collapse of the Soviet Union 22 years ago.

Former presidential aide Andriy Klyuev was hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the leg, one of the many violent crimes and deadly acts that have occurred. With more than 80 dead, this political upheaval has started a dramatic sequence of hate crimes and riots.

Requested by the State Department, a U.S. Marine team was approved by the Pentagon and has been sent to the U.S. Embassy in Kiev to strengthen security levels.

President Oleksandr Turchinov is currently on the run from an issued arrest warrant holding him responsible for civilian deaths. His current whereabouts are still unknown.

The results of this governmental clash leave the country in a state of risk. With the potential for division between the east and west, anxious protesters and corruption of the economy endanger the future of Ukraine’s relationship with Russia.

Currently, an interim unity government has been assigned in hopes to create some stability.

Women Take Titles in Sochi

The 2014 XXII Winter Olympic Games ended on Monday, Feb. 23, with women taking the attention and setting high standards of female athleticism.

American Maddie Bowman became the first Olympic champion in women’s ski halfpipe, while Tomoko Takeuchi of Japan became the first female athlete from Asia ever to win a medal in snowboarding after winning silver in giant parallel slalom.

Debut athlete Adelina Sotnikova of Russia will go down in the books as the first woman ever to win a gold medal in Olympic figure skating.

Joining her in first place was Poland’s Justyna Kowalczyk in the women’s 10km classic. Kowalczyk is now Poland’s most successful winter Olympian of all time.

With the bar of expectation set high, anticipation now increases to see what lies in the future of women in Olympic sports.

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