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Opinion: actions of Ukrainian opposition leaders supporting extremists

January 23, 2014, 21:58 UTC+3 KIEV
The words of the Maidan chieftains don’t match their deeds,” Chechetov said
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KIEV, January 23, 21:32 /ITAR-TASS/. Leaders of the Ukrainian opposition “connive at creating a political umbrella for criminals, paramilitaries and terrorists, although they’ve dissociated themselves from the Maidan radicals by word of the mouth,” First Deputy Chairman of the parliamentary faction of Ukraine’s ruling Regions Party, Mikhail Chechetov told reporters Thursday.

The party’s press service told reporters Chechetov believes that petty personal ambitions and an insatiable power-thirstiness of the thee incumbent leaders of the opposition - the former international boxing celebrity Vitaly Klichko, the former parliament speaker Arseny Yatsenyuk, and the leader of far-right west-Ukrainian nationalists Oleg Tyagnybok - turns out to be much stronger than the interests of millions of rank-and-file Ukrainians who seek to live in peace and tranquility.

“The words of the Maidan chieftains don’t match their deeds,” Chechetov said. “On the one hand they dissociate themselves from the radical elements but in reality they support the actions of outraged extremists by statements on the convocation of the so-called People’s Rada.”

“Klichko, Tyagnybok and Yatsenyuk thus instigate the creation of a political umbrella for criminals, paramilitaries and terrorists and assume responsibility for the /possible/ killings and suffering of innocent civilian people,” he said.

“Provocateurs and bankrupt oppositionist politicians controlled from abroad have said publicly they have set up parallel agencies of power and are targeting the incumbent vertically-integrated governmental and self-government agencies,” Chechetov went on. “They want to deal a treacherous blow to Ukraine’s economy and defense capability.”

“The oppositionist triple-headed hen is striving to destroy Ukraine and to convert the free Ukrainians into slaves,” he said.

“Over the two months of confrontations and rampaging, the Maidan has shown the absence of any plan for Ukraine’s development in the oppositionist quarters, as their sponsors based overseas have put forward a different task to the oppositionist trio,” Chechetov said.

“It is now faced with the task of destroying Ukraine and tearing it to pieces and the leaders of the opposition are doing their best to attain precisely that objective now,” he said.

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