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Daily digest of main Ukrainian news (Euromaidan focus) February 7

Daily digest of main Ukrainian news (Euromaidan focus) February 7
Article by: Yuriy Lukanov
Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.

 Kyiv, 7 February 2014

Two activists injured by explosion were sent for medical treatment in Lviv. Nazar Derzhyla and Roman Dzvinskyi, two injured activists from the yesterday’s explosion in the EuroMaidan main office were sent for medical treatment in Lviv. The hospital is guarded to protect activists from possible arrest, media reported, adding that Roman’s father wants his son to be hospitalized abroad for security reasons.

Tusk: Europe doesn’t consider opposition to be radical.  Following his meetings with European leaders, Donald Tusk, Poland’s Prime Minister, noted that Europe does not consider Ukrainian opposition to be radical. Political demands to amend Constitution or to renew 2004 Constitution, discussions on possible early presidential elections and on a new composition of the Central Election Commission, requests to ensure fair elections as well as to release detained protestors, – all of these cannot be considered as radical demands. He also noted that Ukrainian crisis may help Georgia and Moldova to sign their association agreements with the EU sooner than expected.

Poland admitted 4 EuroMaidan activists for medical treatment.  Poland’s foreign ministry informed that the country admitted 4 EuroMaidan activists to provide them with necessary medical treatment. Poland also ready to accept other injured activists, the ministry added.

Injured activist: bomb was addressed to “Pravyi Sector”. Roman Dzvinskyi, an activist who was seriously injured by yesterday’s explosion in EuroMaidan main office said that the box with a bomb was addressed to “Pravyi Sector”. The box brought a man and gave it for me, the activist said, noting that he had a badge of “Pravyi Sector”. The man also told that the box is a present to “Pravyi Sector”, the activist added. 

Parubiy asked not to bring unknown things to EuroMaidan. Following an explosion of a box in EuroMaidan main office, Andriy Parubiy, commandant of EuroMaidan, asked not to bring unknown things to the buildings with activists. He also accused authorities of organizing yesterday’s explosion in the House of Trade Unions, media added.

Parubiy announced establishment of self-defense units in the regions. Andriy Parubiy, commandant of EuroMaidan, said that EuroMaidan self-defense has already more than 12 thousand people, adding that the similar units would be set up in regions aimed at mobilizing up to 30 thousand people to protect Maidan.   

Acting minister of interior warned on possible terrorist act organized by right extremists. Vitaliy Zacharchenko, acting minister of interior, warns on possible terrorist act organized by right extremists. They plan to destabilize the current peace achieved thanks to authorities-opposition talks and to overshadow the opening of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi by a terrorist act.

Acting minister of interior: extremists were preparing for clashes for more than 2 years. Vitaliy Zacharchenko, acting minister of interior, said that extremists were preparing for clashes with police for more than 2 years. They came to Kyiv with bats, batons, chains and bulletproof vest, the acting minister said, adding that democracy has nothing in common with pogroms and massive disorder. Police would easily solve the problem with extremists, Zacharchenko stressed, adding that they were joined by ordinary people who came to Maidan to demonstrate for better life. The government should hear demands of the later and hold dialogue with them, Zacharchenko added.

Acting minister of interior: self-defense units are criminal groups. Vitaliy Zacharcheko, acting minister of interior, stressed that the orginised EuroMaidan self-defense units are illegal and criminal. These people continue to buy weapons, the acting minister noted, adding that they also kidnapped and beaten people as well as steal and damage properties. 

Acting minister of interior: ‘Berkut’ was provoked by ‘Pravyi Sector’ on 30 November. Nobody ordered ‘Berkut’, Ukraine’s riot police, to beat activists on 30 November, Vitaliy Zacharchenko, acting minister of interior said, adding that the police was provoked for violent actions by “Pravyi Sector”. He also emphasized that students had finished their protest and left Maidan on 30 November before the police came.

Diplomat: EU would discuss sanctions against Ukrainian officials on 10 February. EU Foreign Affairs Council would discuss Ukrainian crisis and possible steps to de-escalate the conflict, an unnamed senior EU diplomat said. Among others, the foreign ministers of the member-states would consider targeting sanctions against Ukrainian officials. Constitutional reform as well as financial aid to Ukraine would be also on the agenda.

Nuland: International community would work with government of national trust.  Victoria Nuland, US Deputy Secretary of State, said that Ukraine needs firstly to de-escalate the crisis and then to form a government of national trust or a technical government. This government would be able to work with international community for renewal of Ukraine’s security and the country’s economic prosperity.

Survey: Yanukovych would lose presidential race to any opposition candidate. According to a survey, jointly conducted by Socis center and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), Victor Yanukovych, sitting Ukraine’s President, would lose presidential race to any opposition candidate. In the second round Vitaliy Klitschko, an opposition leader, would defeat Yanukovych with 63,9% voted for former and  36,1% – for latter; Petro Poroshenko, a non-attached MP, would score 62,3% of votes with 37,7% voted for Yanukovych; Oleh Tyahnybok, leader of far-right Svoboda political party would gain 54,4% while Yanukovych – 45,6%; Arseniy Yatseniuk, a head of Batkivshchyna faction, would receive 58,4% with Yanukovych would be supported by 41,6%; Yulia Tymoshenko, the convicted opposition leader, would get 57,4% and Yanukovych – 42,6%. In the first round of presidential elections the results would be the following: Victor Yanukovych (29,5%), Vitaliy Klitchko (28,7%), Petro Poroshenko (18,6%), Arseniy Yatseniuk (9,2%), Petro Symonenko, head of Communist party, (4,7%), Victor Medvedchuk, a pro-Russian politician (0,7%) and other candidates (4,9%).

Survey: relative majority of Ukrainians support the country’s EU membership.  According to a survey, jointly conducted by Socis center and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology (KIIS), 46,7% of Ukrainians support the country’s accession to the EU, while 33,8% opposed the idea. 38% of citizens back Ukraine’s membership in Russia-led customs union (CU) with 39,8% are against Ukraine’s Eurasian integration. 10-13% of Ukrainians remained undecided, the survey showed. A referendum on Ukraine’s foreign affairs priority would end up with the following results: 55,2% voted for the EU and 44,8% – for the customs union.

Translated by: Christine Chraibi
Edited by: A. N.
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