In Sevastopol, there was a rally of the people's will against fascism in Ukraine, during which tens of thousands of city residents elected a new Russian mayor. By the decision of the people, the city head will form a new executive committee and a unit for law enforcement, and the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Party of Regions and the Communist Party will be forced to resign.
Protesters of Sevastopol 23 February came out on the main square with Russian tricolors and Andrew flags, protesting against fascism in Ukraine, writes "Sevastopol Gazette". The reason for the meeting was the refusal of the City Council to form an executive committee - a local government body. Instead, city deputies decided to hold a referendum, which caused outrage among citizens who did not want to release deputies from the city council building.
As a result, residents of Sevastopol staged a multi-thousand "rally of the public will," during which they elected the head of the citizen of Russia, the owner of the Tavrida Electric group, Alexey Chaly, as the mayor of the city, reports NEWSru.ua. The decision was supported by about 20 thousand people. Chaly said that his appointment reminds him of the appointment of generals of the Soviet army in 1942, and promised to solve all the problems of Sevastopol.
In addition to electing the mayor in a referendum, it was decided to instruct the new head of the city to immediately begin forming the city executive committee and law enforcement units, as well as the deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of the Party of Regions and the Communist Party to resign, UNIAN specifies. The rally also voted for refusing to transfer taxes to Kiev and reassign the police to the city authorities.
It is noteworthy that at the rally there was not a single Ukrainian flag: only Russian tricolors, St. Andrew’s flags, symbols of the Communist Party of Ukraine and one national Belarusian flag fluttered in the air. The protesters held banners with the slogans “Putin is our president”, “Russia, we are abandoned, take us back!”.
After the rally, the new mayor, together with the people's deputy Vadim Kolesnichenko, went to the city administration building, guarded by the fighters of the self-defense units, to hold a meeting on coordinating the work of city services.
Sevastopol is the only city in Ukraine whose residents are deprived of the right to elect the mayor. According to the Ukrainian constitution, this right and many other features of local self-government should be spelled out in a separate law, which has not yet been adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, whose activities are currently not recognized by the people of Sevastopol.
The events in Sevastopol show that the territorial split of Ukraine, which politicians were so afraid of against the background of the growing crisis in the country, is quite possible. Earlier, the deputies of the south-eastern regions of Ukraine, meeting at a congress in Kharkov, supported the initiative of the autonomous republic of Crimea and Sevastopol to take over the full power. Also, members of the congress saw the threat of a territorial split of the country. According to them, the reason for the possible division of Ukraine is that in recent days the Verkhovna Rada has been working in conditions of terror, and the decisions of the Ukrainian parliament raise serious doubts regarding their legitimacy.
At the end of January of this year, developments in the regions of Ukraine showed a "split" of the country to the west and east, to which journalists paid attention. In the east and south of the country, the attempts of “Euro-Maidanists” to destabilize the situation ended in failure or were not undertaken at all. “If there were no western regions in the country, there would be no Euromaidan,” one newspaper noted.
Odessa and Kerch are protesting under the flag of Russia
Protests with a "Russian bias" in addition to Sevastopol were held in other cities of Ukraine. In Kerch, the mayor, the head of the local Department of the Interior and several other citizens tried to defend the Ukrainian flag, but the protesters in excess of them outnumbered it and hoisted the flags of Russia and Crimea on one of the flagpoles.
About a thousand protesters, some of whom opposed Ukraine’s European integration, chanted “Russia!” And then went to the executive committee. Attempts by the mayor of the city to convince his countrymen of the legality of the Verkhovna Rada’s actions were in vain, and as a result, the rally participants lowered the Ukrainian flag from the flagpole on the city hall building, replacing it after a small scuffle with the flags of Crimea and Russia.
In addition, more than 2 thousands of opponents of Ukraine’s European integration gathered at Cathedral Square in Odessa. They held flags of Russia, Odessa, USSR, as well as posters: "We are not meat for the EU giraffe," "Fashishtov get out!", "Odessa squad," "Odessa, wake up!", "Down with the Maidan!".
Marching around the city, the participants of the action called on everyone to join the detachments in order to oppose Euromaidan.