Feb 22 2014, 10:16am CST | by Forbes
Viktor Yanukovich has left the building. After a bloody week in Kiev, the news coming out of Ukraine as the weekend begins in the United States is changing quickly. It now appears that Mr. Yanukovich has deserted his residence and fled for the border with Russia as parliament has voted to impeach him and hold a presidential election in May.
Meanwhile, Yanukovich is describing his removal to media as a coup, and killed protesters are being memorialized in Kiev’s Independence Square.
Of course, you wouldn’t know much of this as I write this if you were relying solely on a major news source like CNN, whose home page is still currently leading with a story about Yanukovich’s earlier defiance and insistence that he wasn’t going anywhere.
To keep up with very fast-moving and public stories like what’s happening in Ukraine, Twitter has proven itself to be the best way to get up-to-the-minute developments from on the ground since before the Arab Spring.
Twitter also has a handy feature that allows users to group Twitter users into lists, and there’s currently a few lists of handles that aggregate tweets from folks in Kiev and journalists covering Ukraine that creates a de facto news ticker of updates for the situation.
Prominent American social media journalist Matthew Keys has compiled one of the better Kiev protests lists on Twitter. For a little bit more opinion and analysis of the events, European journalist Andrew Griffin has a list that blends both news sources and activists covering Ukraine.
There’s also plenty of live video coming in from Kiev, like this English-language feed on UStream from Independence Square. If you’re a real news junkie, you can watch four feeds at once on this page, courtesy of Keys .
If you’ve come across other sources for staying ahead of the news, please share them in the comments.
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