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Yanukovych loses the support of the Eastern regions of Ukraine
Material posted: Publication date: 23-02-2014

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych loses the support of the Eastern regions of the country. Yesterday border guards of Donetsk airport does not have a Charter flight, on Board of which was the Ukrainian President, to fly out of the country. According to the Agency "Interfax-Ukraine", armed men tried to bribe the inspectors to allow flight without clearance.

Before this attempt, Yanukovych tried to leave the territory of Kharkov, but the flight was not allowed, reported UNIAN.

Concessions Yanukovych

On Friday 21 February, with the assistance of international mediators took place the signing of the agreement between the government and the opposition. The parties agreed to hold early presidential elections no later than December 2014. Within 48 hours, the country was forced to return to the Constitution 2004. limiting presidential powers in favor of Parliament. In addition, the government and the opposition agreed within ten days to form a "government of national unity". In the document the government also promised "not to impose a state of emergency and to refrain from the use of force". The Maidan protesters had to unblock the administrative buildings and streets.

Yanukovych was forced to make human sacrifices. The Verkhovna Rada voted for resignation of the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine Vitaliy Zakharchenko and expressed no confidence in Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka.

The protesters did not accept the agreement, demanding the immediate resignation of Yanukovych. Activists took control of the government quarter of Kiev. They patrolled the main streets of the capital overnight.

On 22 February the Ukrainian Parliament headed by the new speaker - the oppositionist Alexander Turchinov - adopted a resolution on the overthrow of the current President and has appointed new elections for may 25. By the time of the President in Kiev was not.

The search for a President

Late in the evening on February 21, Yanukovych left Kiev. From the residence "mezhigorye" personal belongings were taken of the President. The protesters took advantage of the absence of the owner of the residence and open the entrance to "mezhigorye" for everyone, and the Network began to appear the photo of excursions. "Ukrainian Pravda" reported the discovery of documents showing millions of embezzlement and bribery. The publication claims that shortly before arrival of journalists and activists who tried to burn the documents, and the remains tossed into the water.

The whereabouts of Yanukovych remained unknown until the middle of the last day, and the departure does not seriously alarmed the opposition. On the night of 22 February in mass media there was information that Yanukovych has flown to UAE. Denied this information and reported on the whereabouts of the head of state adviser to the President Anna Hermann. She said that Yanukovych went to Kharkiv.

The Party of regions Congress in Kharkiv amid protest

In the city that day a Congress of deputies from the Party of regions. At the event it was decided not to recognize the authority of the Verkhovna Rada removed Yanukovych from power. The Congress's resolution said that until the restoration of the legitimate authorities and constitutional order of all powers to take over local governments.

The MP Oleg Tsarev from the rostrum described what happened in Kiev as an armed coup. The regional Governor Mikhail Dobkin and mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes called upon to preserve the unity of Ukraine. At the Congress of deputies was attended by representatives of the Russian Parliament - Committee on international relations of the state Duma and the Federation Council Alexei Pushkov and Mikhail Margelov. The representative of the Federation Council, stated to RBC that "the Kharkiv meeting proved once again that the Maidan and the official opposition, not to mention the fighters, it's not the majority of the Ukrainian people". Margelov described the situation in Ukraine "Banderitsa".

At the same time the opposition rally near the Kharkov sports Palace, which hosted the Congress of deputies, gathered about 40 thousand supporters of the Maidan. The participants waited for the speeches of the leaders of the region and the city. Politicians on the stage did not appear. By the evening of 22 February, the acting head of the MIA of Ukraine Arsen Avakov reported that Dobkin and Kernes fled to Russia.

"Exodus" regionals

By evening, local media reported on several major officials who tried to leave Ukraine. A failed attempt, according to them, has made former Minister of internal Affairs Vitaliy Zakharchenko, former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and ex-Minister income and charges Alexander Klimenko. The new speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Oleksandr Turchynov added that Pshonka and Klimenko were accompanied by armed guards, which began to shoot from the security forces.

Ex-Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and former first Vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Igor Kaletnik managed to fly to Russia, said a source in law enforcement bodies.

Within last days the Party of regions faction in Parliament left more than 20 MPs. Eve walked out of the party in power, the mayor of Dnepropetrovsk Ivan Kulichenko. "The mayor of Dnepropetrovsk wrote a statement of withdrawal from the Party of regions", - said the press service of the party "Batkivshchyna" on Twitter. Earlier, the party left the head of the Kyiv city state administration Volodymyr Makeyenko.

At the extraordinary session of the Dnipropetrovsk city Council deputies made the decision to rename the Central square of Lenin in the square of the Heroes of the Maidan, transfers "RBC-Ukraine". 68 of 86 deputies present supported this decision. On the night of February 22 in the Central square of the city, protesters tore down a statue of Soviet leader.

Yanukovych, commenting on the mass yield of regionals from the party, said that many members were pressured. "There are people who do not stand up and fear for their families, but there are also traitors," said the President. He estimated that of the 1.5 million members of the Party of regions to leave the political Union can have a maximum of 500 thousand people.

The leaders of the Western regions of Ukraine representing the Party of regions, one after another resign. So, late in the evening of February 22 it became known about resignations of chairmen of regional administrations in Ivano-Frankivsk Vasyl Chudnov and Uzhgorod Oleksandr Ledida. Both represent the party of Yanukovych. As reported by "Ukrainian truth", the resignation of Ivano-Frankivsk Governor filed into the reception room of administration of the President still on February 21. Transcarpathian Governor Ledida, a letter was written after a visit to Yanukovych on February 21. Where is now the politician is unknown. The sources claim that for his family, he managed to send to Prague.

Left his post and the head of Lviv regional state administration Oleg Salo, known as a fanatical supporter of Yanukovych. Resigned and his deputies.

Building of municipal and regional administrations in the West Ukraine came under the control of the opposition since the early days of a new round of clashes on 18 February. To Lviv, Uzhgorod, Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Ternopil and Lutsk joined Rivne, Vinnytsia, Kirovohrad, Poltava, Khmelnytskyi, Zhytomyr and Chernihiv.

Tymoshenko Promises

Highlight of yesterday was the performance of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from the stage of Maidan. Convicted for abuse of authority during signing gas contracts with Russia, Tymoshenko was freed from prison in Kharkov after the decriminalization of articles of the Penal code under which convicted former Prime Minister. Immediately after the liberation of Tymoshenko declared that will participate in the may presidential elections.

She called on protesters not to leave Maidan. "You are the guarantee and the force that will not allow you to step back," said the ex-Premier. "If you say that you have done your job right, don't believe a word of it. Until you finish, no one should leave. Because you changed everything - not politicians, not diplomats, not the world. No one could do it", - assured Tymoshenko.

"I will guarantee that you no one else will deliver... I will guarantee that you will know what is happening behind the scenes. I was one of the politicians who not only repents, I want to ask you for forgiveness, I want to apologize to you for all politicians. I want one for all to tell you that politicians have so far been unworthy of you. I want to see the other politicians, other officials -- To your honor were essential for the new management of the country", - said the former Prime Minister. Tymoshenko said that returned to work. "I'm not gonna miss, so that you feel happy on the earth", - told Tymoshenko. Her speech was listened by about 100 thousand people.


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