2 December 2013, 20:20

Kiev protests have little to do with EU-Ukraine relations - Putin

Kiev protests have little to do with EU-Ukraine relations - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin has branded current mass pro-European Union demonstrations in Ukraine as ravaging riots rather than as a revolution as Ukrainian opposition activists call them.

Putin claimed that the demonstrations had been plotted for the 2015 presidential election.

"They have little to do with Ukraine's relations with the EU because nobody in the opposition has taken the trouble to look into the nature of the proposed agreements between Ukraine and the EU," he said.

Draft resolution on vote of no confidence against Ukranian gov't to be considered on Tuesday

The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine may consider a draft resolution on the Mykola Azarov government’s resignation on Tuesday, Vitaly Klitschko, leader of the UDAR party has said.

"Tomorrow, on Tuesday, the Verkhovna Rada will consider a draft resolution on the resignation of the government," Klitschko stated.

Earlier the Committee on State Development and Local Self-Government of the Ukrainian parliament has recommended that the Ukrainian parliament adopt on its merits a decree expressing no confidence in the government led by Mykova Azarov.

Ukraine's Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said the mass protest rallies in Kiev have gone out of control.
"The situation has changed. On the one hand, we do not relieving law enforcement services of their responsibility. But on the other, the politicians who joined this action sharply radicalized the situation.

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said the government has obtained information suggesting that a seizure of the parliament building is being plotted.

"We know that a plan is in the making to seize the parliament building," he told foreign ambassadors in Kiev on Monday.

"We have just got to know that the Committee on Local Self-Government has decided to support the resignation of the government,” Batkivshchyna opposition faction leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk told to a press-conference.

Eight members of the committee voted for the decree and one member of the committee abstained from voting.

Unrest in Ukraine: protesters block gov't HQ, police reinforcements being brought into Kiev

Additional police units are being brought into Kiev as opposition protests continue, the Ukrainian Interior Ministry said on its website on Monday. Meanwhile thousands of activists are picketing the cabinet headquarters. The number of protesters in Kyiv's Independence Square is gradually increasing.

"About 1,000 policemen have been placed near and around administrative buildings to maintain calm. Considering the scale of the protests, the Interior Minister ordered to bring reinforcements into Kiev," the statement says.

"Interior servicemen from regional departments were sent to Kiev in numbers sufficient to ensure order. They will replace the servicemen who have been out in the streets for hours," the ministry said.

There are some 4,000 protesters in Independence Square now. More people are coming in. They are concentrated mainly near the stage standing near the entrance of the central post office and in traffic area of Khreshchatyk Street.

Deputies, activists and coordinators speak from the stage from time to time. Activists are calling on people in other cities to travel to Kiev to support them. Calls for a nationwide strike are being heard. Music and the latest news in Ukraine are broadcasted for the people in the square. Several tents stand behind the stage.

The streets leading to the square are blocked with metal fences, sheets of wood and other objects. Activists are on duty near the barricades.

Voice of Russia, Interfax

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