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. Continue reading

Tymoshenko ready to discuss safety guarantees for Yanukovych and his ‘Family’: Believes pressure must remain to force “real negotiations”

In an exclusive interview with ZN.UA, Yulia Tymoshenko emphasized that the only topic of  negotiation should be Yanukovych’s resignation.

“Given Yanukovych’s insatiable desire to own the country and how deeply he has monopolized the power concentrated in his hands, room for compromise depends on three factors: the power of the national resistance, the prospect of international sanctions, and investigations into corruption and the possibility of initiating an investigation before the International Criminal Court even in the absence of Ukraine’s ratification of the Rome Statute,” wrote Tymoshenko.

According to Tymoshenko, to strengthen each of these, the opposition should work with Maidan to organize itself into groups for direct and effective action.   Continue reading

Former president Kravchuk proposes to oversee negotiations

The first President of Ukraine, Leonid Kravchuk offers MPs to set up a commission for reforming the Constitution and offers his services as a guarantor of discussions between the opposition and the authorities. He said this on Wednesday from the parliament’s rostrum.

“The whole world and Ukraine recognize that the country is on the brink of civil war. There is a diarchy in the country. The protests have escalated into a rebellion,” said Kravchuk.

“This is simply a revolution. It’s about overthrowing the government. This is not something extraordinary. You simply need to call a spade a spade”. Continue reading