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Timeline: Key events in Ukraine’s political crisis

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March 11: The EU proposes a package of trade liberalization measures to support Ukraine’s economy, abolishing most import tariffs on the country’s products — a step expected to save the country’s exporters 500 million euros ($695 million) annually.

March 12: Obama meets with Yatsenyuk at the White House in a show of support for the new Ukrainian government and declares the U.S. would "completely reject" the Crimea referendum.

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March 14: A last-ditch diplomatic effort before the referendum fails in London, where Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with U.S. counterpart John Kerry amid threats of sanctions against Russia if it annexes Crimea.

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