FB post, February 21, 2014
Many discussions are taking place now about the return of the 2004 Constitution. Is it necessary and what are the advantages?
I will attempt to provide key arguments. Undoubtedly, the key demand remains the resignation of Yanukovych and the punishment of all responsible for crimes against humanity. The 2004 Constitution provides mechanisms to achieve these goals, even if not as promptly as we would like.
1. Right now, the following may be the most important point. The Parliament appoints and dismisses the head of the Security Service of Ukraine at the request of the President. It also consents to the appointment and dismissal of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine (Article 85). In doing so, the Parliament may express no confidence in the Prosecutor General of Ukraine, resulting in his resignation. Therefore, the question of dismissing Pshonka, the current Prosecutor General, and then bringing him to face justice becomes only a matter of time. Nonetheless, he could escape. Continue reading
Par députée de l’opposion Madame Lesia Orobets
Ce n’est qu’un cauchemar noir Les flammes, les explosions, la fumée, les flaques du sang, les souffrances des blessés, les cloches, l’eau glacée, les coups de feu et les explosions, l’odeur sui des explosions et l’exhalation du pétrole, l’odeur absorbant de la gomme enflammée sont partout.
Je ne peux pas croire que je suis au Maidan, que je suis dans la place principale de la ville où j’ai vécu toute ma vie. La guerre est venue chez nous. Une guerre véritable et atroce. Il est impossible à y croire avec ses émotions, or la raison ne marche pas exactement et vite sans émotions. On essaie à nous éliminer à cause de notre volonté d’avoir la dignité humaine et de notre volonté de choisir nous-mêmes notre vie.
Cela est complètement submergé. Les bêtes qui tuent mes frères ukrainiens paraissent à nous biologiquement, en plus ils tiennent les passeports ukrainiens. Ce cauchemar est à rompre. Lève-toi l’Ukraine, lève-toi toute Ukraine. La vie sans dignité ne vaut pas à vivre. Lève-toi l’Ukraine, lève-toi toute Ukraine. La vie sans dignité ne vaut pas à vivre.
This is some kind of dark nightmare.
Fire, explosions, smoke, pools of blood, cries of the wounded, church bells, icy water, shots, more blasts, the stench of explosions and gasoline and all permeated with the odor of burnt tires. I cannot believe that I am at the Maidan, the main square of the city where I spent my entire life.
The war is here. A real fierce war. It is impossible to grasp this emotionally, although the mind is working precisely and quickly quite apart from emotions. We are being exterminated because of our desire to have dignity and decide our lives independently. This simply makes no sense. My fellow Ukrainians are being killed by the creatures that not only resemble us biologically, but also carry Ukrainian passports.
WE MUST BREAK THIS NIGHMARE
RISE, UKRAINE, RISE ALL UKRAINE.
A LIFE WITHOUT DIGNITY IS NOT WORTH LIVING
Yanukovych and his circle has organised a targeted provocation, a trap for the protesters. All the so-called peaceful negotiations were a well planned trap. They were aimed at playing for time and preparing for the the use of force. Yanukovych did not intend to make any concessions from the very beginning, not for a single second. All the dancing around political processes, the behind-the-scenes negotiations on amendments to the Constitution were intended only to lure protesters into a trap. This day was well planned and directed at least a week ago. Currently the Kyiv subway is disabled, and all entrances to Kyiv are blocked. In at least some places of Kyiv (e.g. the hostel of the Polytechnical Institute) the Internet is disabled. In the course of a few hours a state of emergency was introduced very effectively, and don’t you tell me that all this was done without the intelligence service, planning and preparation. Continue reading
Progress report, three weeks after talks with Yanukovych began
1. Not one political prisoner has been exonerated despite the new “amnesty law”. The prosecution is seeking to sentence many of them to 12 to 15 years but, so as not to attract too much attention, has been willing to release them for a few months first by placing them under “house arrest”. Then there’s yesterday’s winner, which saw four Afghan veterans arrested for bringing a pickpocket to the police [in a citizen’s arrest]. The thief, I expect, has since been released, perhaps even patted on the back and offered some smokes.
2. Viktor Yanukovych is still President, Viktor Pshonka Prosecutor General, and Volodymyr Rybak Speaker [of the Ukrainian Parliament]. Ihor Kaletnyk remains First Deputy Speaker, while Vitaliy Zakharchenko is still Interior Minister. These so-called ministers of the former Cabinet [which resigned] persistently forget the “Acting” in their titles. Continue reading