Voices from Russia

Thursday, 30 January 2014

Simonenko: How to Stop a Civil War in the Ukraine

00 KPU member. the Ukraine. 30.01.14


The KPU expresses its condolences for the tragic loss of life during the armed clashes provoked by neo-Nazi extremists on Grushevsky Street in Kiev. Responsibility for these deaths, for the bloodshed and violence, rests in equal measure on those in power and on so-called “opposition” leaders, ultra-nationalist militant factions, and foreign politicians, who urge people to “radicalise the protests” and “fight to the bitter end”. This has brought the Ukraine to the brink [of a civil war]. We demand that the government and opposition leaders immediately remove Svoboda militants and other criminal elements from the streets of Kiev, to stop the use of force, to make sure of non-interference in the internal affairs of the Ukraine by foreign powers and their surrogates. Any attempts to create parallel structures of power such as a “People’s Rada” or an “interim president” and the like will only strengthen the opposition and create a real threat of escalating the conflict into civil war. One part of the population will support the current government, and the other, the self-proclaimed opposition, which would inevitably lead to a final split of the Ukraine. The KPU is ready to present concrete proposals to resolve the situation. We believe it necessary to:

  1. Declare a referendum to define the Ukraine’s integration into foreign economic bodies
  2. Carry out political reform, abolish the office of Ukrainian President, and install a parliamentary republic, significantly enlarging the rights of territorial communities
  3. Adopt a new electoral law to return to a proportional system of elections of Ukrainian People’s Deputies in the Rada
  4. In order to overcome administrative chaos and make sure of strict control over the government and politicians, to set up an independent civilian body of ”national control”, giving it broad powers
  5. Adopt judicial reform and begin election of judges

From the beginning, the KPU warned that rejecting democratic mechanisms for solving social disputes, to ban an all-Ukrainian referendum [on EU accession], which came jointly from the government and the so-called opposition, could be catastrophic. It isn’t too late; we can still find a peaceful solution to the political crisis. We urge people to condemn extremism, not to succumb to provocations, and to demand constructive talks with the President, the leaders of political parties, and public organisations. The KPU declares that there’s no other way to stop the escalating violence and the destruction of the country!

27 January 2014

Pyotr Simonenko

The Green Star



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