Much has been made of the struggle between the European Union, Russia and the United States in the lead-up to the agreement signed Friday that it's hoped will end deadly clashes in Kiev. Less discussed have been the wealthy and connected Ukrainians who are trying to influence events in the country.
Behind the scenes, major business leaders—sometimes called "oligarchs" in the parlance of the region—are playing a role in the struggle. Some are discreetly backing the opposition that wants closer ties to Europe and the West, while some support President Viktor Yanukovych and strong ties to Russia. Still others seem to be playing both sides.
Who are these billionaires? Adrian Karatnycky, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and Lauren Goodrich, chief Eurasia analyst at global intelligence firm Stratfor, as well as other experts, broke it down for CNBC.