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Security of Russian-speakers in Ukraine are under threat

March 06, 2014, 22:17 updated at: March 06, 2014, 23:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Representatives of public organizations of Ukraine speak about it
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MOSCOW, March 06,  /ITAR-TASS/. The security of Ukraine’s Russian-speaking population is under threat. It is absolutely unarmed and defenseless against the terror of nationalists coming from the west of Ukraine, the heads of public organisations from various parts of Ukraine told a news conference in Moscow on March 6.

“Absolute mayhem and chaos are reigning in Kiev. People are being killed, people are disappearing,” said Ivan Protsenko, the leader of the Kiev-based environmental movement, ‘The Residents of Kiev for Clean City.’

“The people who have now risen to power are disregarding laws and everybody. Their methods are force, weapons and intimidation,” Protsenko said, adding that people in the cities of Kharkov, Donetsk, Lugansk, Summy, Zaporozhye, Dnepropetrovsk, Nikolayev, Odessa, Kherson and in Crimea had revolted against that lawlessness. They do not want anybody to impose their will on them. They want to run things in their regions on their own.

Alexander Svistunov, the head of the Russian Movement of Ukraine, said people coming from western regions and members of the Right Sector far-right movement were posing the main threat in Donbass, a historical, economic and cultural region of eastern Ukraine, a coal mining area since the late 19th century.

“They are being armed, and our defenseless people have to fight against people from West Ukraine who are armed to teeth,” Svistunov went on to say.

He added that nationalists had already killed dozens of people in Donbass. They tortured their victims prior to killing them. “No one is writing or speaking about it. I am going to appeal to volunteers rather than the army. We are asking Cossacks, ordinary lads, to help us,” Svistunov emphasised.

“We, the people of Donbass, will never recognize the fascist authorities in Kiev,” Donetsk’s People’s Governor Pavel Gubarev, who heads the People’s Volunteer Movement of Donbass, wrote in the Internet. He added that the authorities had launched ‘open reprisals’ against his movement, arresting more than 80 activists on Friday.

‘People in the south and east of Ukraine are very much concerned with the fact that groups of armed men, predominantly from western regions, have full authority in Ukraine to do whatever they like,” Vitaly Zavgorodny, one of the leaders of the Kharkov-based movement “Samooborona” (Self-Defence), told the news conference in Moscow.

“People are frightened with this huge orgy of crime. They do not know how to defend themselves and are looking on to Crimea more and more often because it is much calmer there than in Kharkov,” Zavgorodny said.

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