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Ukraine’s new authorities resort to ‘dictatorial’ methods in regions – Russia

Published time: February 24, 2014 14:42
Edited time: February 24, 2014 17:06
A view of the anti-government protesters camp at Kiev's Independence Square on February 24, 2014. Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday as the country's new rulers launched a probe over the "mass murder" of protesters in a week of carnage in Kiev (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)

A view of the anti-government protesters camp at Kiev's Independence Square on February 24, 2014. Ukraine issued an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych on Monday as the country's new rulers launched a probe over the "mass murder" of protesters in a week of carnage in Kiev (AFP Photo / Louisa Gouliamaki)

Russia has lashed out at the new regime in Kiev, accusing it of using “dictatorial” and “terrorist” methods to suppress dissent in the country, with backing from the West which is “acting out of geopolitical self-interest.”

The position of some of our Western partners doesn’t show genuine concern, but a desire to act out of geopolitical self-interest,” said a statement on the Russian foreign ministry’s website.

There is no condemnation of criminal actions by extremists, including manifestations or neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism. In fact, these are being encouraged.

The statement went on to say that “outside sponsors” are advancing a “regime change” in the country, without a desire to find “national consensus."

We urge those embroiled in the crisis in Ukraine to show responsibility, and to prevent further deterioration of the situation, to return to the rule of law, and to stop the extremists in their bid for power.”

An escalating three-month standoff between the opposition and the government came to an end at the weekend, when President Viktor Yanukovich escaped Kiev.

Since then, a Rada composed of opposition deputies and defectors from Yanukovich’s Party of Regions has assumed control, stripping him of his powers, and making its speaker Aleksandr Turchinov the interim head of state.

The Russian foreign ministry said “paramilitaries... refuse to leave the cities, or abandon the administrative buildings they have occupied, while they continue to carry out acts of violence”. It also censures them for mocking historical memorials.

The statement says that the legitimacy of the Rada is “questionable”, and says that the opinions of the largely pro-Russian regions should not be ignored.

Moscow accuses the Ukrainian MPs of using “revolutionary expediency” for calls to “virtually forbid the use of the Russian language entirely, encourage a lustration, liquidateparties, shut down certain media, and remove the limitations on Neo-Nazi propaganda”.

The Rada revoked a law that allowed Russian and other minority languages to be recognized as official in multi-cultural regions, and has also proposed an initiative that would forbid officials from the former regime from occupying official posts. One nationalist leader has called for Russian TV stations to be barred from broadcasting in Ukraine.

The Russian ministry has also condemned the announced May 25 presidential election date, saying that according to the February 21 agreement between the authorities and the opposition, made before Viktor Yanukovich left Kiev, that any polls could only be staged after a constitutional reform.

To ensure the success of the reform, any changes to the Constitution should be put to a national referendum, Moscow stressed.

Comments (258)

 

Marcus N 15.03.2014 00:04

Brad 28.02.2014 23:10

I wonder when NATO tanks are going to storm in to confront an imaginary Russian boogymen force when it will actually be another Korsovo style invasion. I hope south and east can defend themselves from the NATO war machine of equally vile war-criminal states.

  

This is going to make the NAZI government in Kiev cry, but There will be NO NATO invasion. You can be sure of that. The US will never attack a country capable of defending itself, except as a last resort

 

Brad 28.02.2014 23:10

I wonder when NATO tanks are going to storm in to confront an imaginary Russian boogymen force when it will actually be another Korsovo style invasion. I hope south and east can defend themselves from the NATO war machine of equally vile war-criminal states.

 

Free_DrVojislavSeselj 28.02.2014 19:09

It appears that many in UKR are influenced by the West's supremacist rhetoric. Perhaps they should pause for a moment to deliberate whether hot air can actually heat their homes and power their factories as well as imported fuel from Russia.

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