Former Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov has announced the creation of a new project – Ukraine’s Salvation Committee.
“Today not all the members of the Committee are ready to reveal their names as they fear for their lives. But they are high professionals who are connected with neither the current nor the former authorities,” the former politician announced at a news conference in Moscow on Monday.
"The time will come when we will introduce them, first of all to the Ukrainian people,” he added.
Azarov also said that the Committee will return to Ukraine only through Kiev, and demand snap presidential, parliamentary and regional elections, as the country is in dire need of renovation.
The former politician said that the new body is ready to assume responsibility for the further development of their country.
Azarov, however, said that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and people from his circle will not be invited to join the Committee.
"When the committee was discussing this issue, we decided that those who had close ties to Ukraine’s former president should not join the committee," he said.
According to the ex-official, Europe is becoming gradually disappointed with Ukraine’s current authorities.
Azarov pointed out that sooner or later, not only Ukrainian people, but also Europe and the US as well will ask a question: "What can be done with this regime?"
Meanwhile, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has refuted media claims that the Kremlin has something to do with the newly-established committee.
“The Kremlin definitely has nothing to do with this initiative," he said. "The initiative is brand new, the news conference has just ended and the news has appeared just now.”
“Any coordination of this initiative with any authorities here in Russia, moreover the coordination of the Vladimir Oleynik candidacy is absolutely out of question,” he added.
"As for supporting or not supporting him, we certainly need to familiarize ourselves in detail with the statements he's made, study them and analyze the situation," Peskov said.
The spokesman also noted that the situation in Ukraine remains far from ideal, first of all, economically, adding that Ukraine is Russia’s closest neighbor and Russia wants to see it as a stable, predictable and dynamic state.