Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Updates on Ukrainian Fascist Uprising and Coup

Ukraine turmoil

February 25, 2014 12:52

Political instability settled over Ukraine as the opposition-controlled parliament voted to appoint its newly-elected speaker as acting president, with eastern and southern Ukraine saying they no longer see parliament as legitimate.

Tuesday, February 25
12:49 GMT:
The chief of staff of Yanukovich’s presidential administration, Andrey Kluyev, sustained a “non-life-threatening” wound in the aftermath of his resignation two days ago, according to his press secretary Artem Petrenko.

Petrenko also confirmed that Kluyev’s residence near the Ukrainian capital was attacked, but said he was not aware if Kluyev and Yanukovich were together at any point since the latter’s flight over the weekend.

12:29 GMT:
Euronews TV channel has taken down the photo of a World War II memorial in Sofia painted in Ukrainian colors from its cover page on social network Facebook, but has refused to apologize.

“This was simply a photo that reflects events around us, and one of the most controversial and discussed photos of the past few days,” says a statement from the Russian edition of the channel.

“It was taken the wrong way… So we are taking it down, but we do not accept the accusation that we offended the memory of war veterans.”

The non-apology prompted a new wave of angry Facebook comments from the channel’s Russian audience.

11:51 GMT:
The Ukrainian parliament Verkhovna Rada has voted in favor of President Yanukovich being tried in the International Criminal Court (ICC) located in The Hague for alleged serious crimes.

Ex-Interior Minister Vitaly Zakharchenko and former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka are among those whom the Rada wants to be tried in the ICC.

All are accused of “crimes against humanity during the peaceful protests in the period of November 30, 2013, and February 22, 2014."

Three hundred and twenty-four MPs voted in favor of the resolution.

11:25 GMT:
The EU has promised Ukraine's new leaders strong international support, including in combatting the country’s economic crisis, said Catherine Ashton, the European Union's foreign policy chief, who arrived in Kiev on Monday.

"So we are here to say we want to support and help the country to stay strong and to go forward in the way it chooses to," Ashton told reporters. "We also think it is very important to send a strong message about the territorial integrity, and the unity and the independence of Ukraine.”

Ashton also expressed the hope that Ukraine’s new government would “quickly come up with a plan to tackle the economic crisis.”

11:16 GMT:
The number of people injured in the recent clashes in Kiev has risen to 726, including 491 people being treated in hospitals, Ukraine’s Health Ministry reports.

Earlier, the ministry reported a figure of 724 injured.

In the last 24 hours, 31 people sought medical help, including 24 taken to the hospital, the ministry said.

The death toll of 82 people has remained the same, the ministry added.

10:13 GMT:
Ukraine’s Communist Party, which supported Viktor Yanukovich, is going to declare itself in opposition to the current ruling party, said Communist officials.

The party said it is concerned with the recent burst of “anticommunist psychosis, the facts of vandalism and violence” which resulted in toppling the statues to the former USSR leader Vladimir Lenin and monuments to the ‘Soviet Soldier’ commemorating the collective sacrifice of the Soviet army against Nazi forces.

The new power, according to the party officials, does not condemn these actions. In addition, neo-Nazi movements are on the rise in the country.

10:06 GMT:
A red Soviet star, a symbol of the former USSR, has been taken down from spire of Ukraine’s parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, by the initiative of the parliament, Deputy Speaker Ruslan Koshulinsky said.

At the end of 2013, the then-opposition Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party demanded the previous parliament take down the star. However the Rada said the star would be only dismantled after certain permissions were obtained at the time.

In addition to the star’s removal, the red-black flag of the nationalist Svoboda (Freedom) party has been hoisted in the entrance of the Verkhovna Rada.

09:34 GMT:
Ukraine's acting president will meet law enforcement agencies on Tuesday to discuss what he described as "dangerous signs of separatism" in some regions following the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich as president.

Aleskandr Turchinov, who is also the parliamentary speaker, gave no details in his remarks to deputies.

Some members of parliament have warned that Ukraine could be split because of concerns about Yanukovich's ouster in Russian-speaking regions in the east and south of the country.

Ukraine’s parliament the Verkhovna Rada has voted to allow the country’s acting President Aleksandr Turchinov to sign new laws.

Three hundred and sixteen MPs voted in favor of the resolution.

On Sunday, the Rada appointed its freshly-elected Speaker Aleksandr Turchinov as interim president after the de facto resignation of Viktor Yanukovich.

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