|Massive protests against the regime of Victor Yanukovich|
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Ukrainian revolution is ongoing for the second day with tens of thousands of people protesting in downtown Kyiv and in other cities all over Ukraine and several administrative buildings taken by protesters.
Massive rally against Ukrainian current authorities and President Victor Yanukovich has started in Ukraine on Sunday, 1 December, after riot police and security forces have violently beaten the peaceful protesters in the sit-in on Independence Square in Kyiv. According to the estimations of the journalists and participants of the protests there were between 750 thousand and 1 million people in Ukrainian capital. Tens of thousands of Ukrainians are protesting in other cities as well including Lviv, Ternopil, Ivano-Frankivsk and other cities, even in Southern and Eastern regions, the regions traditionally supporting Victor Yanukovich and his political power.
Though several anti-European rallies have reportedly taken place in some Ukrainian cities as well with the demonstrators expressing their support of Ukrainian President and Cabinet of Ministers and supporting also the decision to postpone the signing of the Association Agreement with the countries of EU. Most of these people were brought to the sites of demonstrations organized, on the buses, they have been carrying symbolic of Party of Regions (Victor Yanukovich’s Party) and Ukrainian flags. But in this case all of the banners the protesters have been holding have been manufactured, what gives an idea these meetings have been organized by the authorities in attempt to create an impression of divisions within the society.
|Massive protests in Kyiv.Independence Square.|
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The demonstrations on the Independence Square and on Mykhaylivska Square were peaceful, with politicians, artists, activists and prominent persons delivering their speeches to the protesters. The issue of European integration isn’t the central one at the moment, though the flags of EU and Ukraine are together symbolizing the unity of Europe and Ukrainian people.
The main demand is fall of the corrupt and criminal regime of Victor Yanukovich which has crossed the line and proved its illegitimacy. People refuse to recognize Yanukovich as their President.
|Provocators attacking conscripts in front of Administration of|
Though the demonstrations on the Independence Square were peaceful, the horrible scenes have been seen on the Bankova Street, the street which leads to the Administration of President. The street leading to the building of Administration was blocked by the buses of riot police and security forces. Several hundreds of “Berkut” soldiers (special armed forces) and police have been standing in lines protecting the building and creating the barricade in front of the demonstrators gathered there. Young conscripts without weapons and even shields and having only helmets and some protecting items have been placed on the front lines as a human shield.
|Violent attacks of Administration of President|
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These people made several attempts of attack trying to provoke the demonstrators to join them and to provoke also the riot police. Violent clashes erupted there as riot police started to disperse the crowds on the street. Horrible videos of violent beating of people by “Berkut” are circulating in media and internet showing an unprecedented level of brutality shown by the representatives of security forces, as they were taking the people from the crown and beating everybody they’ve mange to catch. Event journalists couldn’t escape the attack. Police has also fired tear gas, sound and lights bombs and smoke bombs. Provocateurs have been also firing gas and throwing bombs and fires.
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According to the official information of Ministry of Health, at least 168 people have been injured after the violent clashes, among them 40 journalists including foreigners and nearly 50 police and security forces personnel. Most of the injuries are serious.
Video of unprecedented violence of riot police dispersing the crowds. Video Liga NET:
The situation was extremely tense after the clashes, especially considering the fact that there was no statement or comment from the President or any other official persons of the country. Victor Yanukovich has reportedly gathered emergency meeting in his residence outside of Kyiv in order to discuss the situation in Ukraine and to take a decision how to solve the crisis.
There were also reports about the intentions of President to declare state of emergency, but this measure requires difficult and numerous procedures and voting of Parliament. Speaker of Ukrainian Parliament Aleksander Rybak has stated though that there are no intentions to impose state of emergency in the country. Spokesperson of Prime Ministers Mykola Azarov has also declared on Monday, that President is not going to declare state of emergency and there are currently no reasons for that. President and government are holding the negotiations in order to find the political solution of the crisis, according to Mr. Azarov.
|Prime Minister Mykola Azarov|
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Parliament in its turn has already started its reshaping with the pro-Yanukovich majority being divided. Several prominent members of Parliament and representatives of Party of regions have left their positions and exited the party. There are reports the numbers of such MPs will increase during the coming days.
Oppositional forces have submitted to the Parliament the projects of impeachment of President and resignation of Cabinet of Ministers. Special committee of Parliament has held an emergency meeting on Monday, 2 December, in order to discuss these projects. The meeting was attended by the leaders of opposition Arseny Yatsenyuk, Vitaly Klichko and Oleg Tyagnybok. They have voiced the key demands of the revolutionaries which are following: resignation of President or his impeachment through the Parliament, resignation of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet of Ministers, investigations of the recent violent clashes and beating the protesters by the riot police and security forces, penalty for all those responsible for the orders and their performance, resignation of the command staff of power structures and their reforming, release of Yulia Tymoshenko and all other political prisoners.
After meeting and discussion special committee of the Parliament has taken a decision to support the request regarding resignation of government and recommended the Parliament to vote for it during the Tuesday session.
David Zhvania from Party of Regions, who recently left this political power, declared today that the new majority could be formed in the Parliament during the coming days and the voting for the resignation of government could be positive. In addition to that there is also a possibility that the Parliament will come back to the previous 2004 Constitution in order to form a wide coalition in the Parliament.
As for the leaders of the country, they have appeared in public for the first time since the beginning of these events with their statements and comments.
|Victor Yanukovich, President of Ukraine|
In addition to that Victor Yanukovich called for the opposition to stop their massive actions and protests in the country and proposed to wait until 2015 Presidential election when the oppositional forces will have the chance to achieve their goals through the elections. “Let the people chose by themselves in 2015”, stressed President.
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Mykola Azarov has also attended on Monday special meeting of the ambassadors and representatives of EU. The meeting was held in attempt to renew the cooperation and dialogue with Ukraine. Mr. Azarov stated after the meeting the cooperation will continue and the negotiations will be renewed. EU and Ukraine will discuss the agreement and possible amendments to it. In addition to that Mr. Azarov announced government will resume talks with the IMW and will start to work on the implementation of the needed reforms.
Meanwhile massive protests and nationwide strike are ongoing in the capital and other cities of Ukraine. People remain in the streets despite the frost and snow. The center of the city and the governmental district are taken by the protesters and being controlled by them. The roads leading to the central squares are blocked.
|Protesters in Kyiv|
Tents have been erected on the Independence Square, and the numbers of the protesters remain huge for the second day of the nationwide uprising.