Maidan issued an ultimatum: Yanukovych’s resignation before morning

People on Maidan booed opposition leaders, who took the stage to announce an agreement reached with the authorities regarding the crisis in Ukraine. UDAR leader Vitaliy Klitschko’s speech was interrupted by one of the leaders of Maidan Self-Defense. He came onstage and said that if President Viktor Yanukovych does not resign before 10 a.m. on 22 February, people will start an armed attack.

“We all have reached the crucial moment. We have given politicians the chance to become future ministers, presidents, and they do not want to meet our sole condition: that the ex-convict [acting president] be displaced!” said the man from the stage.“Friends, I do not want to be verbose. I do not want to engage in the same silly talks that we’ve been hearing for two and a half months. I do not trust the difficult political processes which they describe. Seventy-seven people have been killed, and they negotiate!” he added.

“I beg you: Support this suggestion. I tell you from my sotnya, where my father is with me: if by 10 a.m. tomorrow you do not demand Yanukovych’s resignation, we will go in with weapons. This I swear,” said the captain.

The people present on Maidan supported this statement strongly. At this time, the coffins of activists who were killed by security forces during the recent clashes in Kyiv were carried through the crowd and up to the stage. Those present at the scene, including the politicians, knelt on one knee to honor the dead. But that did not assuage the crowd, who heckled the speeches they made afterward.

Maidan bids farewell to the fallen activists

Lights are lit in their honor

As reported earlier, the three opposition leaders had signed an agreement to settle the crisis with President Viktor Yanukovych. They explained that they signed it to prevent bloodshed and the division of the country.

After the agreement was signed, Verkhovna Rada quickly voted for a number of decisions that were prepared by the opposition: the return to the 2004 Constitution, dismissal of Interior Minister Zakharchenko, dismissal of all cases against activists, and government aid for the victims of the protests and their families. In addition, a draft law was adopted that provides for releasing Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.

The protesters’ demand for Yanukovych’s immediate resignation was not met. Yanukovych only declared his consent for early elections in December.

Translated by Alya Shandra

Edited by Robin Rohrback


6 thoughts on “Maidan issued an ultimatum: Yanukovych’s resignation before morning

  1. Reblogged this on OK, Fine. and commented:
    This is a re-blog. Uh-oh. Protesters are demanding that President Yanukovych resign by tomorrow morning or there will be armed resistance.

  2. Reblogged this on CRONICA REZERVISTULUI and commented:
    Ultimatum! Maidanul îi dă lui Ianukovici timp pînă la 22.02.2014 ora 10:00 să demisioneze. Dacă demisia nu se produce autoapărarea maidanului va continua lupta, inclusiv lupta armată.
    Liderul opoziției politice, Vitalii Kliciko, a fost întrerupt în timp ce anunța acordul cu tabăra președintelui Ianukovici. Oamenii de pe maidan i-au spus simplu: noi nu am dat politicienilor ocazia să devina parlamentari și miniștri pentru ca lucrurile să rămînă la fel. Principala noastra rev3endicare, demisia președintelui Ianukovici nu a fost respectată, iar noi continuăm lupta pînă la demisia președintelui.
    Îmi amintesc de cît s-a vorbit la noi, cu 2 decenii în urmă, de revoluția confiscată. Se vede că ucrainienii nu se lasă atît de ușor amăgiți. Din păcate noi am cedat dupa mineriadă, iar consecințele le suportăm și azi.
    Urmărim cu interes, dar și cu durere în suflete, ce se întîmplă în vecini.

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