1 June, 2014
Following a long break, a Viche has taken place on Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The leader of the Ukrainian Volunteer Defense Force “Donbas” Semyon Semenchenko has appeared on Kyiv’s central street, recruiting volunteers to go to Ukraine’s East. As of 12:00 23 volunteers have agreed to join the Battalion. They will be picked up by buses leaving from Maidan directly to Donbas.
Representatives of the civic communities that have outlined Maidan’s Manifesto have spoken at the stage, as well as the newly elected Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klitschko. He has promised to take his oath before Kyivans on Maidan. Klitschko has also informed that his words about clearing Maidan were misinterpreted and that he has no intentions to forcefully disperse the protesters still living in Kyiv’s center. He stressed that since “the dictator is gone, and now we must unite for reforms”, and also stated that it is necessary to hold early elections to the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament), the majority of which voted for the “dictatorship laws” of January 16.
The leader of UDAR political party has assured the gathering on Maidan that Maidan’s representatives will be working in Kyiv’s City Hall, that Institutska St. will be renamed into Heaven’s Hundred St., and that a Memorial to the Heroes that fell fighting for Ukraine’s freedom must be erected no later than in the first anniversary of the tragic events. “Maidan must transform into a new quality,” stated Klitschko.
Translated by Alya Shandra based on http://www.pravda.com.ua/news/2014/06/1/7027644/
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