KIEV, April 13. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council has decided to start a large-scale anti-terror operation, Ukraine’s acting interim President and parliament Speaker Alexander Turchinov said in a televised address on Sunday.
“This is not a war between Ukrainians but an artificially created confrontation aimed at weakening and destroying Ukraine,” Turchinov said.
“We are ready to give a rebuff to any attempts of intrusion, destabilization or terrorist actions with arms in hands. The National Security and Defense Council decided to launch a large-scale anti-terror operation involving Ukraine’s Armed Forces,” Ukraine’s acting president went on to say. Turchinov promised not to punish protesters who would agree to lay down arms and consider a possibility to expand regional powers, carry out a broad local self-government reform and renew power at the local level.
Earlier on Sunday, Turchinov promised an amnesty to the anti-Kiev protesters in eastern Ukraine if they turn in arms by 09:00 local time (10:00 Moscow time) on Monday, April 14.
He had signed a decree (№ 399/2014) on measures of consolidation of Ukrainian citizens and ending civilian confrontation in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
In his decree, Turchinov promised not to prosecute or launch administrative charges against participants in the mass protest actions in the cities of Donetsk and Lugansk and in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Ukraine’s acting president has put several amnesty conditions to protesters in Ukraine’s eastern provinces. “They need to voluntarily turn in arms, ammunition, explosives and explosive devices to state bodies; vacate all buildings seized during the protests in Donetsk and Lugansk and in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions as well as the buildings of state power bodies and local self-government bodies by 09:00 local time (10:00 Moscow time) on April 14.
The aforesaid amnesty provisions, according to the decree, do not apply to persons linked to injuring and murdering Ukrainian citizens, including servicemen and law enforcers.