The ITUC affiliates in the Ukraine are the All-Ukrainian Union of Workers’ Solidarity (VOST), the Confederation of Free Trade Unions of Ukraine (KVPU) and the Federation of Trade Unions of Ukraine (FPU).
In February 2014, demonstrators occupied key buildings in Kiev to protest the government of then President Yanukovych. Street battles between protestors and security forces ensued, leaving scores dead. The Parliament subsequently used constitutional powers to install a transition government and set an election for 25 May. Since then, the territorial integrity of Ukraine has been threatened. In March, Russia seized the Crimea and is now through proxies contesting key cities in Eastern Ukraine.