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Thousands of Crimeans going to anti-Maidan action in Kiev

December 14, 2013, 0:36 UTC+3 SEVASTOPOL
Hundreds of people from Sevastopol had already arrived in Kiev and they would meet the first 1,000 fellow-residents and would help them find accommodations
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SEVASTOPOL, December 14, 0:16 /ITAR-TASS/. Thousands of residents of Sevastopol who were about to leave for Kiev in order to show disagreement with the Ukrainian opposition staging protests on the city’s Independence Square /the Maidan/ failed to get into one train Friday night.

Sevastopol Mayor Vladimir Yatsuba, who addressed the residents going to take part in the ‘Anti-Maidan’ action, said one more train would be provided for those willing to go to Kiev.

He asked them for patriotism and told them he was going to Kiev, too.

“We’re going there to tell everyone we here at Sevastopol have our own angle of view at what is taking place on that so-called Euro-Maidan,” Yatsuba said. “We oppose encroachments on the law and the Constitution and our opinion should be heeded all across Ukraine.”

“They want to take decisions without us but they’ll fail because we won’t let them do it,” he said. “Not only Sevastopol but the whole of the Crimea and the Southeast of Ukraine is on the move to Kiev now.”

He warned that provocations were possible in Kiev and he asked the residents of Sevastopol “to keep together.”

Yatsuba said that hundreds of people from Sevastopol had already arrived in Kiev and they would meet the first 1,000 fellow-residents who left for the capital Friday and would help them find accommodations.

He informed the gathering that a voluntary ‘prohibition law’ had been introduced for the entire duration of the mission to Kiev and he demanded that the anti-Maidan protesters observe discipline.

The people awaiting an opportunity to board the train told reporters who had come to the railway station the rumors about the monies allegedly paid out to them were sheer lies.

“The organizers promise us to provide meals and accommodation and we don’t pay the fares but we took all the decisions on our own because we can’t tolerate the situation where the western regions of the country are trying to impose their opinions on the entire Ukraine as is those opinions the only correct ones,” said Dmitry, a student.

“Everyone should have a choice and we’ve already made it,” he said.

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