Behind the Headlines: History and Geography Help Explain Ukraine Crisis
The country rests precariously between East and West.
Charged with the mass killings of civilians, Ukraine's recently ousted president, Viktor Yanukovych, is now on the lam.
Last November Yanukovych touched off months of deadly protests in the capital of Kiev and other cities by caving into pressure from the country's former overlords in Moscow and shelving a landmark trade deal with the European Union. Dozens of citizens died last week in clashes with police and security forces in Kiev.
On Saturday evening, the Ukrainian parliament voted to remove Yanukovych from his post as president.
The new government has now issued a warrant for the president's arrest, but his exact whereabouts are unknown.
Yanukovych left Kiev by helicopter on Friday after signing an agreement to end the protests.