Yuriy Blahodyr posted on his FB page: “I have submitted a request to leave the Party of Regions. I regret I did it so late. Kept hoping for something.”
7 Rada MPs Leave Pro-Government Faction: Igor Eremeyev and six other legislators took the side of the people. The MPs promised to use every occasion to oppose any decision which contradicts the will of the Ukrainian people.
The seven MPs, elected by the majority, stated that the government has finally discredited itself and said that every MP should make their choice: whether he or she is with the people or against them.
“We are majoritarian MPs and every one of us had more than 150 thousand voters behind us. Today our voters are among those shedding their blood on Maidan,” says the statement, posted on Igor Ermeyev’s website. The statement maintains that no MP has the right to stand by, hoping to avoid responsibility.
The petition was signed by the following MPs: Igor Eremeyev, Stepan Ivahiv, Serhiy Martynyak, Igor Palytza, Sergey Labazyuk, Victor Tymoshenko, and Viktor Pylypyshyn
Odesa: In his statement, Olexiy Honcharenko said that he was shocked by what happened yesterday in Kyiv, that though both sides are to blame in any conflict, by definition the blame lies with the authorities in the first place. After what happened yesterday, he said, the authorities have blood on their hands.
“I address all decent members of the Party of Regions: do not be afraid! The country is driven to catastrophe that affects every citizen in every region. I cannot stay in my office any more. I came to a decision to leave the Party of Regions and resign my post as the Oblast Council Vice-Chairman. I urge all to be strong and rational,” his statement concluded.
Khmelnytskiy: Head of Khmelnytskiy Oblast Administration Mykola Derykot left the Party of Regions
Lviv: Head of the Lviv City Party of Regions Organization Oleh Baran announced that he is leaving the party.
“After last night’s events I can say only one thing: we are not being heard. […] Ukraine has turned into a battlefield, where the highest human value–human life–is being violated. These things are unacceptable in a civilized country. People are dying,” his statement said. Baran is the owner of the Rodynna Kovbaska store chain, which was boycotted by Euromaidan activists after the violent dispersal of protesters on 30 November 2013.
Zhytomyr: In a meeting at the Zhytomyr city hall, 15 deputies from the Party of Regions disbanded their faction. This was announced on 19 February in a statement by the head of the PoR faction, Vasyliy Kuchyk, says Zhytomyr Info. Mr. Kuchyk also said that he is suspending his membership in the Party of Regions because of “his disagreement with its methods of resolving the crisis in the country.”
Chernivtsi: Oleksandr Demidov, head of Chernivtsi Oblast Internal Affairs Department, approached the protesters in front of City Hall and declared that “Bukovyna police are with the people.” His statement was met with applause. Currently, Mr. Demidov stands with Mykhailo Papiyev, head of the Chernivtsi Oblast State Administration. Mr. Papiyev was previously pushed out of his office by the protesters and has already agreed to sign his own resignation if the protesters refrain from violence and destruction in the oblast.
Zakarpattya: The protesters took the Zakarpattya Oblast Administration virtually without a fight: the entrance door was broken in and policemen were asked to leave the building. Then the people visited the oblast’s governor. Currently, protesters are forming self-defense units and well-known activist Victor Shchadey was appointed as their commandant. It was noted that the protesters act respectfully toward furniture and documents inside the building, taking only what is needed to build the barricades. The protesters also approached the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs situated nearby. But the head of regional police, Mr. Vartsaba, assured them that the police will abstain from any violence toward civilians and none of the policemen would go to Kyiv.
Tomorrow, deputies of all levels are planning to hold a meeting in Uzhgorod. They intend to declare disobedience to orders from Kyiv and establish a regional executive structure. Finally, there is information that some documents are being burned in the local Security Services office.
Adapted from @Андрій Ганусич
Video of the storming of Administration