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    The Hand That Feeds: Kiev Now Unable to Survive Without Extremist Support

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    The further existence of the Kiev regime depends on its willingness to yield to the demands of radicals from extremist groups, according to the French magazine Nations Presse.

    French journalist Jacques Frere has argued in an article published by the Nations Presse magazine that the future of the ruling regime in Ukraine hinges on whether it will yield to extremism.

    "The Kiev regime will inevitably collapse if it does not obey the demands by extremists from the Right Sector group and neo-Nazis who joined from the Azov volunteer battalion and similar organizations," Frere said.

    According to him, the radicals very unambiguously delivered an ultimatum to the Ukrainian authorities prior to a planned demonstration organized by Right Sector on July 3.

    Earlier, the group posted an appeal to the Kiev authorities on its official website, demanding, in particular, that President Petro Poroshenko's regime abandons the Minsk ceasefire agreements and resumes offensive operations in eastern Ukraine.

    Right Sector, which was originally strung together from an array of radical nationalist founding organizations, is now a far-right Ukrainian political party that originated as a paramilitary group during anti-government protests on Kiev's Maidan Square in November 2013.

    Between January and April 2014, Right Sector members were involved in clashes with police and the seizure of administrative buildings, as well as the suppression of protests in eastern Ukraine.

    In November 2014, Russia's Supreme Court dubbed Right Sector an extremist organization and banned its activities on Russian territory. Earlier, a criminal case was opened against Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh over incitement of terrorism.

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