Crimea protests against disorders in Kiev
Vladimir Konstantinov, chairman of the Crimean Supreme Council, told journalists that after peaceful protests in Kiev turned into mass disorders and nationalist anti-Russian riots the Crimean people ran out of patience.
He said that the Crimean parliament has arranged a hot line for citizens to express their opinions and make suggestions about the political situation in the country. He added that people’s greatest concern was caused by oppositional leaders’ calls for cancelling Crimean autonomy. Konstantinov pointed out that nationalist leaders were threatening the Crimean people’s Constitution and their rights, including the right to speak, write and get education in their native Russian language.
Vladimir Cherkashin, head of the Crimean Union of Cossacks, told journalists that people of South-Eastern Ukraine will not tolerate a repetition of the 'Orange Revolution'. He said that millions of people living in the south-east of Ukraine have their own opinions and are indignant about the latest events in the country. He added that their people will firmly defend the Crimea and Orthodox Christianity.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has proposed imposing a moratorium on any actions involving the use of force before the Verkhovna Rada analyzes all risks that the current version of the association agreement with the European Union is fraught with.
"I am practically making such a proposal, and in the meantime, let's impose a moratorium on any forcible actions," Yanukovych said at a nationwide roundtable meeting at Ukraine Palace in Kiev.
Yanukovych also has suggested that the Verkhovna Rada vote on Tuesday for amnestying the people who were recently arrested for involvement in riots in Kiev.
"As for a punishment for those guilty: where we are sure, let's punish them. Where people suffered, let's make a decision and vote for amnesty on Tuesday and will settle all issues on all of them," Yanukovych said.
Yanukovych has called for an end to the current mass domestic protests.
"I appeal to all the citizens on all [protest sites] to calm down and end the confrontation. Confrontations have never led to anything good. It is my request that politicians - the government, the opposition - should be given a chance to find a way out of this situation together," Yanukovych said in his final address at Friday's Unify Ukraine roundtable in Kiev.
He thanked opposition leaders for attending the roundtable. "It is extremely important for us to talk about our future together," he said.
He said Ukraine would follow its own course.
Use of force to have "terrible consequences" for Ukraine - opposition leader
A Ukrainian opposition leader has warned President Viktor Yanukovych against implementing an alleged plan to use force against demonstrators protesting the government's decision to put on hold a planned association agreement with the European Union.
"We are aware of the use of force as an option that is under consideration today. It would have terrible consequences for the country and may have terrible consequences for you personally," UDAR party leader Vitali Klitschko, a famous professional boxer, told Yanukovych during the Unify Ukraine roundtable in Kiev on Friday.
"You are personally responsible for all actions and processes that are taking place and will take place in our country," Klitschko said in addressing the president.
Klitschko argued that early elections and a complete change of government would be "the optimum solution in the current political situation in Ukraine."
Arseny Yatsenyuk, parliamentary leader of another opposition party, Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), said that "the scenario that has been written wasn't written in Ukraine," and that its authors were people who don't want an independent and sovereign Ukraine and who are trying to drag the country into a domestic conflict while pursuing their ambitions.
Authorities reject all of opposition's demands - Klitschko
The Ukrainian government did not accommodate any of the opposition's demands at a roundtable meeting in Kiev on Friday, says Vitali Klitschko, the leader of the Ukrainian opposition UDAR party and its parliamentary faction.
"The authorities did not take into account any of the opposition's demands today. This roundtable today was held only to demonstrate that not a single step is going to be made to accommodate the opposition," Klitschko said following the meeting.
"Not a single decision was made on any of the key points," he said.
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