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Yanukovych demands to return Ukraine's military forces to permanent bases

April 21, 2014, 17:05 UTC+3

The legitimate Ukrainian president suggests a plan of overcoming the political crisis

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ROSTOV-ON-DON, April 21. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych has addressed on Monday the current Kiev authorities in written regarding the sharply deteriorating situation in the country’s south-east.

The document obtained by ITAR-TASS says that he demands “to immediately return Ukraine’s military forces to their permanent bases, to withdraw from the country’s east the so-called National Guard units disguised in military uniform, armed with automatic weapons and grenades and to start a peaceful dialogue with the leaders proposed by people in the eastern regions of Ukraine in order to support life-sustaining systems”.

“Using arms in the east of Ukraine will not change anything now. People are intimidated. You have called terrorists millions of people. People don’t have any other choice but to fight for their rights, their lives and their children,” the address says.

After these first tasks are adopted and fulfilled, Yanukovych believes to be necessary to schedule and hold referendums in Ukraine’s regions on the issue of federalization and powers of regions. Then, it is needed to schedule and hold a referendum on the presidential or parliamentary form of authority in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian president says that after all that, it is necessary to carry out a constitutional reform, and then the parliamentary and presidential elections. In addition, Yanukovych suggested to create a system of international control over the referendums and elections, and to provide the broadest access for observers.

“These five tasks need to be solved. This is the only path to preserving Ukraine’s integrity,” the statement reads. “If it will not be done, our country may face disintegration, and unlikely a peaceful one. More likely it may occur through a civil war. Come to senses! You are pushing one brother against another, and others will make benefits out of this disaster.”

“I’m addressing once again the servicemen and special forces staff. They want to use you, want you to spill blood and then to make you guilty of that. You understand by yourselves that this will be so. Don’t cross the line! Don’t fulfill wrongful orders!” Yanukovych urged. “I call on all Ukrainian citizens to preserve our peculiar tolerance, calmness, and mutual respect, in whatever region we live. We must and we’ll be able to save our beloved Ukraine.”

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