In November, there were two deals on the table. One to join up with the EU, the other to deal with Russia. The leader of the Ukraine, against the will of the majority, picked Russia. ("Ukraine, Russia sign economic deal despite protests")
Since then there have been protests, mostly peaceful? Although they have come to a head due to hardcore, Orwellian anti-demonstration laws. Large Infographic explaining the restrictions.
The shit has really hit the fan, however, because a text message was sent to all of those demonstrating that stated "Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."
There have been two reported deaths from being shot by police, as well as disappearances from hospitals.
Quoting from this article:
Speaking at a mass rally, Mr Klitschko said the president could end the stand-off "without bloodshed" by calling early elections, but that "tomorrow, if the president does not respond... then we will go on the attack", to roars of approval from the crowd.
Now, the reason I compiled these bits of information is because it's been a lot of stuff going on that I only took notice of because this is a revolt that is being livestreamed.