Say they will move at 10 AM against Ukraine’s main government building
February 21, 2014
Following a deal between the Ukrainian government and demonstrators in Maidan Square today to hold elections later this year, ultra-nationalists demanded the immediate resignation of the president. If the demand is not met, they threaten to storm the Supreme Rada, or Parliament.
“77 people died, and they are still negotiating. I ask you to support us in this. I speak from my unit — if you (opposition leaders) don’t make a statement demanding Yanukovych’s resignation by 10 a.m. tomorrow, we will go with the weapons, I swear it,” said a man identifying himself as Bandera.
Stepan Bandera was a Ukrainian nationalist assassinated by the Soviet KGB in 1959. He headed the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), a revolutionary group considered by some to be fascist. OUN worked to achieve Ukrainian independence through violence directed against domestic and foreign enemies. In 1941, OUN attempted align itself with the Nazis and declared its support of an effort to eliminate European Jewry.
“We were waiting for Yanukovych to resign for three months and after he killed 77 people no delays can be accepted,” said Oleh Yavorsky, a member of the self-appointed Maidan Defense Force. “I support the idea to storm him with weapons, we are not afraid of anything now, we are ready to die.”
The neofascist group Right Sector also called for the arrest of Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko.
“We are inclined to see this statement of Yanukovych as another attempt at window dressing. The people’s revolution continue and it will end with full removal from power… and the people’s occupation of it,” said the group’s leader, Dmytro Yarosh. He also demanded the arrest of commanders of Ukraine’s riot police, Berkut, and the removal of the head of the Security Service of Ukraine, the general prosecutor and defense minister.
Parliament deputies earlier in the day voted to dismiss Zakharchenko.