Poroshenko was not let into the Crimean Parliament

2014-02-28-18-50-47-92196Petro Poroshenko, a deputy of Ukraine, and a member of the Verkhovna Rada, who arrived in Simferopol to hold negotiations with the Crimean authorities, could not enter the building of Crimean Parliament.

The citizens who opposed him hissed, threw papers, and chanted “Russia”, “Berkut”, “Get out of Crimea”.

Poroshenko tried to explain that the purpose of his trip was to encourage peaceful negotiations, but the crowd did not want to listen to him.  Now Poroshenko, along with the police representatives and journalists, are headed to the city downtown in the direction of the railway station.

According to Poroshenko, it’s very important to maintain the sovereignty and integrity of Ukraine and avoid bloodshed.  “I came to refute the rumors about people planning to come here to start civil strife. Ukrainian laws function in Crimea, Crimea is part of Ukraine”, – said Poroshenko.

He emphasized that armed people tried to stop his associates at the airport and also refused to identify themselves as well as show their documents (IDs), reports the Center of Journalist investigations.

In addition, Poroshenko says the problem in Crimea has nothing to do with their political status, but rests with corruption and incompetency of officials. 

Source: 15 минут

Translated by Mariya Shtangrat, edited by W. Michael Donovan

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