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FM denies notifying foreign embassies of plans to introduce emergency rule in Ukraine

January 27, 2014, 18:32 UTC+3 KIEV
Some time earlier, some media outlets in Ukraine reported that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had warned the embassies of foreign countries that a state of emergency would soon be introduced
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A young Ukrainian couple warms themselves near a fire at a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
A young Ukrainian couple warms themselves near a fire at a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
A young Ukrainian couple warms themselves near a fire at a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
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Ukrainian riot police stand in line during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
Ukrainian riot police stand in line during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
Ukrainian riot police stand in line during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
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Ukrainian protesters guard occupied building of the Ministry of Justice
Ukrainian protesters guard occupied building of the Ministry of Justice
Ukrainian protesters guard occupied building of the Ministry of Justice
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Protesters stand on a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
Protesters stand on a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
Protesters stand on a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
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Ukrainian opposition activists carry the coffin of protester Mikhail Zhiznevsky, killed in unclear circumstances during anti-government protests, in the Mikhailovskiy cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, 26 January 2014
Ukrainian opposition activists carry the coffin of protester Mikhail Zhiznevsky, killed in unclear circumstances during anti-government protests, in the Mikhailovskiy cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, 26 January 2014
Ukrainian opposition activists carry the coffin of protester Mikhail Zhiznevsky, killed in unclear circumstances during anti-government protests, in the Mikhailovskiy cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, 26 January 2014
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Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 January 2014
Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 January 2014
Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 January 2014
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A young Ukrainian couple warms themselves near a fire at a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
© EPA/SERGEY DOLZHENKO
Ukrainian riot police stand in line during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
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Ukrainian protesters guard occupied building of the Ministry of Justice
© EPA/ZURAB KURTSIKIDZE
Protesters stand on a barricade during another day of anti-government protest in Kiev
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Ukrainian opposition activists carry the coffin of protester Mikhail Zhiznevsky, killed in unclear circumstances during anti-government protests, in the Mikhailovskiy cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, 26 January 2014
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Protesters try to storm Ukraine House, where dozens of riot police were based during an anti-government protest in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, early 26 January 2014
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KIEV, January 27. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian Foreign Ministry on Monday denied notifying foreign embassies in Kiev that a state of emergency would soon be imposed in Ukraine.

“This is not true. We have not informed the embassies of anything of that kind,” Yevgeny Perebeinos, the head of the information policy department of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, told Itar-Tass on Monday.

Some time earlier, some media outlets in Ukraine distributed information that the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry had warned the embassies of foreign countries that a state of emergency would soon be introduced in Ukraine.

Though the state of emergency is unlikely to be part of the agenda at the upcoming extraordinary meeting of the Ukrainian parliament due to be held on January 28, it could still mark a turning point in Ukraine’s modern history, according to Ukrainian Communist Party leader Pyotr Simonenko.

“The upcoming extraordinary meeting of Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) will either bring a breakthrough in normalizing the situation in the country or will radically increase the confrontation,” he said Simonenko said.

The Communist leader did not rule out a scenario when radically minded opposition members would try to seize parliament.

Simonenko told journalists on Monday that Communist deputies in parliament would define their stances dependent on arguments they were going to hear from President Viktor Yanukovich if he suggested imposing a state of emergency in Ukraine at the upcoming extraordinary meeting of Ukrainian parliament.

Simonenko told Itar-Tass that he did not have information proving that the president was going to launch such an initiative.

He said, a political crisis in Ukraine and stabilization of the situation in the country as well as a package of laws adopted on January16 would dominate the agenda of the parliament’s extraordinary meeting on January 28.

Most of these laws increase responsibility for extremist actions but two of them concern prosecution for destruction of monuments to wartime Soviet soldiers and propaganda of fascism.

Simonenko said that the Communist Party faction in Verkhovnaya Rada (parliament) was ready for a constructive discussion of the January 16 laws but only on condition that the laws banning the destruction of wartime monuments and propaganda of fascism would not be subject to any amendments.

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