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Ukraine justice minister to raise state of emergency issue, if ministry building not freed

January 27, 2014, 10:11 UTC+3 KIEV
The ministerial building was captured when the last amendments were being drafted in the law on changes in Ukrainian Constitution and on return of the country’s Constitution of 2004
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KIEV, January 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian Justice Minister Yelena Lukash urged protesters to free the ministerial building they had captured. The minister warned that she might raise the issue of introducing a state of emergency in the country, Inter TV channel reported.

The ministerial building was captured when the last amendments were being drafted in the law on changes in Ukrainian Constitution and on return of the country’s Constitution of 2004.

The justice minister warned that if the ministry building is not freed immediately she would have to turn to members of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council “with the demand to discuss introduction of a state of emergency.”

She also addressed to ambassadors, representatives of diplomatic missions and consuls "to consider what is being done when European future is being destroyed under aegis of some European values and to condemn any manifestations of aggression".

 

The building’s seizure

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Map of Kiev locating recent clashes. ITAR-TASS Infographics
A message about an attempt at seizing the Justice Ministry building had come to the Kiev city militia at 22:38, local time, January 26.

The so-called "Spilna Sprava" (Common Cause) civil movement placed a statement on its page in Facebook, asserting that it was precisely its supporters who seized the Justice Minisry building on Architect Gorodetsky Street in downtown Kiev.

According to Ukrainian media, it was precisely this group that had seized the building of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy and Food and that of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry on December 24.

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