Cry of Ukraine

22 February 2014

On the night of February 22, 2014, Euromaidan activists seized the government quarter, abandoned by law enforcement officers, and put forward a number of new demands, in particular, the immediate resignation of President V. Yanukovych.

Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine V. Rybak (Party of Regions) submitted a letter of resignation due to illness and the need for treatment (according to unofficial data, the reason for his resignation was fear for his safety). A. Turchynov (VO “Batkivshchyna”) was elected as the new speaker of the Ukrainian parliament.

The first vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada, a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU) I. Kaletnik also wrote resignations. It is indicative that the entire subsequent period was marked by mass intimidation by supporters of Euromaidan of deputies of the Verkhovna Rada from the ruling Party of Regions and the Communist Party of Ukraine.

The central office and the editorial office of the party newspaper of the Communist Party of Ukraine in Kyiv, the offices of the Kyiv city committee of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Pechersk and Svyatoshinsky district committees of the Communist Party of Ukraine in Kyiv were destroyed. The CPU, while continuing to be a legal parliamentary party, was actually forced to cease to exist. Because of fears for their lives, most of the deputies from the Communist Party faction in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine moved to Crimea or Russia. The few deputies who remained in parliament, as a sign of protest against lawlessness in the country, did not take part in the voting.

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