Tanks heading for Ukraine’s Lugansk on Kiev order
"Citizens are all wound up. Lugansk residents are demanding a referendum on self-determination. It was hard to negotiate with the interior ministry representatives. We’ve just got info on six armored vehicles and soldiers heading for Lugansk. We will not give in. There must be a referendum!" According to the activist, the self defense squads got the update from the militia scattered all around Ukraine’s south-east.
On April 7 Lugansk protesters seized Ukraine’s security service building and is still controlling it. The basic demands that they put forward are holding a cross-region referendum and Ukraine gaining the status of a federation.
Donetsk mayor Alexander Lukyanchenko has blamed Kiev for pursuing the wrong policy, saying it is the reason behind protests in the southeast of the country. "New Ukrainian authorities do not quite understand what is happening in Donetsk now," Lukyanchenko said on Tuesday. "Indeed, the seizure of administrative buildings is illegal and bad. Separatist slogans that were voiced in city squares are unacceptable. Yet all these problems are a consequence of the new authorities' incorrect policy, their unwillingness to look into the problems to understand them," the mayor's press office quoted him as saying.
A recent statement by parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk did not contain "specific proposals" to improve the situation, such as the measures to protect the Russian language, ensure election of governors or explain the delegation of powers in decentralization procedure.
Lukyanchenko said "the answers to these questions were needed yesterday."
"I'm hoping the government and the parliament will hear people in Donbas (Donetsk and adjacent regions) and southeast. If they don't, and if people do not get answers to their questions, they will continue to hope for the protection of the neighboring state," the mayor said.
He noted that the new authorities "should understand that negotiating with people implies discussion of the accumulated problems, the problems that did not emerge overnight."
"Only then will people be able to say that Donbas is (part of) Ukraine," he said.