Mr Putin is said to have made the remarks during informal talks at peace negotiations in Minsk earlier this year
He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs
Restoring calm to capital Kiev will be top of the agenda
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych went on sick leave today after a bruising session of parliament, leaving a political vacuum in a country destabilised by anti-government protests and threatened with bankruptcy.
Radical anti-government protesters were forced to give up their brief occupation of Ukraine’s Justice Ministry on Monday after fellow opposition groups accused them of jeopardising peace negotiations.
The Austrian actor recorded a video message for demonstrators in the country which was posted via the opposition leader's YouTube account
Protesters claim the newly-occupied Ukrainian House complex had a police sniper post with 'spent cartridges' on the roof
Concessions have failed to placate protesters in a stand-off with police
Country's Interior Ministry denies responsibility
Security forces have chased protesters away from the site
Heavyweight boxing champion and opposition leader Vitali Klitschko caught up in demonstrations in capital Kiev
Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich have hustled a sweeping law through parliament in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets.
Opposition leaders had encouraged the gathering to show support for integration with Europe
The two countries’ leaders reached agreement at talks in the Kremlin that appeared to begin frostily but ended with them laughing at a ceremony where documents were signed on reducing trade barriers
President’s supporters bussed in to side against thousands fighting Ukraine’s move away from EU
The Independent speaks to three demonstrators to find out why they are taking to the streets