President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, following the representatives of the Russian authorities, said that external forces influence the situation in Ukraine. He even specified: “The Poles were strongly tied up and almost tried on the program because Ukraine was brought to Europe. I am afraid that Ukraine will finally and publicly not become the scene of fights between the West and the East,” the Belarusian guerrillas "(a review of Russian press materials about events in Ukraine is published by the" Headlines ").
Recall, on the eve of the Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, accused the West of "stimulating" the intensity, which is observed now in Ukraine. “It turns out that these stimulants do not even take into account the interests of the opposition itself, because they are trying to provoke violence,” he said, not naming individual countries, but addressing dissatisfaction with “European colleagues” in general.
Later that day, the State Duma laid responsibility for the aggravation not only on "representatives of the extremist part of the opposition" of Ukraine, but also on "Western politicians who grossly interfere in the internal affairs of a sovereign country." So says the draft statement that Russian deputies are going to accept today.
Lukashenko, however, found other reasons for the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine. "A beautiful country with a beautiful people, and this mess with the so-called market, where the clans divided the country, is what this leads to. As soon as the president’s children start doing business, expect trouble. As soon as wives and mistresses have crowns on their heads expect trouble, "the Belarusian president said.
We will note, one of Yanukovych’s sons, Alexander, is really engaged in business and, according to the media, is one of the richest people in Ukraine. The second son of the president, Viktor, is a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada in the Party of Regions faction.
Lukashenka called the ongoing opposition in Ukraine a “nightmare” and a “catastrophe”. But he expressed the belief that the country "must figure it out for themselves." "If they ask me - I will say yes or no, I will help or not. If they take power in this presidential election, those who are trashed are for a long time," he said. And later he noted: "There are too many ambitions among individual politicians."
Recalling that Ukraine is chairing the CIS in 2014, Lukashenko expressed the hope that from this point of view everything will be fine, and there will be no transfer of the CIS summit. “On the contrary, I am sure Yanukovych will strive to have this summit at their place, and we, and Russia and others, will thus support Ukraine and stability in it, and the current president, because this is the main representative of the authorities,” he concluded .
Repressive laws came into force in Ukraine
Meanwhile, repressive laws came into force in Ukraine today - the day after they were published in the official press. LIGABusinessInform lists all new standards. Among them - a number of "antimiting" measures, criminal liability for extremism and slander, stricter requirements for operators to provide communications and the Internet, an amnesty for security forces for the use of force against demonstrators and a number of other laws.
According to experts, independent media and the opposition, these measures are "draconian" and turn the country into a "police dictatorship." They were sharply condemned in the United States and the European Union: Washington even threatened with sanctions.
The abolition of these laws, some representatives of the Ukrainian opposition put forward a condition for a dialogue with the authorities and even tried to block the Kiev printing press, in order to disrupt the circulation of official newspapers and prevent them from being taken out to the regions. However, these attempts failed, and the dialogue was in jeopardy.
Later on Wednesday, the leader of the UDAR party, Vitali Klitschko, nevertheless went to the negotiations with President Viktor Yanukovych, but he didn’t appear at them, justifying himself with a “meeting” and sending instead a working group to resolve the crisis as part of the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Andrei Klyuev, Presidential Advisor Andrei Portnov and Justice Minister Elena Lukash.
As a result, the dialogue essentially did not take place. Expressing a couple of emotional phrases to the authorities, Klitschko went to Grushevskogo Street, which in recent days has become the main place of confrontation between the participants of the “Maidan” and the siloviki. The street events of Tuesday and Wednesday night were followed by the site NEWSru.ua.
Oppositionists found a base of "provocateurs" near Kiev
Meanwhile, near Kiev, Avtomaidan activists found several "bases" of alleged mercenaries-provocateurs ("aunts"). First, on the new Obukhov highway, activists dispersed about 20 young people who lived in a tent. Two were detained, the rest disappeared, UNIAN reports.
Local residents told activists that the "aunts" terrorized them, broke down the fences of courtyards and reacted aggressively to persuasion not to destroy property.
And soon a second “base” was found in the forest, where about a hundred “sporty guys” were already warming themselves by the fire barrels, the agency reports. Those aggression to the guests did not show.
In turn, Kharkiv activists notified UNIAN that six buses with “titushki” had left Kharkov to Kiev.
A deputy of the faction "UDAR" Viktor Chumak on the air of Espresso.TV said that about 3-4 thousands of people of "sports appearance" are in the Mariinsky park of the Ukrainian capital. "Most likely, they are simply people dressed in civilian clothes who have certain special training. Increasing their number means that they can act not only in the center of Kiev, but also in the sleeping areas of the capital. Therefore, today the people of Kiev must organize themselves, create certain movements to protect their property and also be on duty and be extremely cautious, "he warned.
For the night, the Maidan self-defense detachments detained more than 150 “provocateurs,” Andrei Parubiy, a member of the “Batkivschyna”, told the “Maidan” participants from the stage.