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Ukraine Salvation Committee Set To End War and Reunite Ukraine Before Years End

Ukraine’s former prime minister Mykola Azarov has announced Monday establishing Ukraine Salvation Committee.

“We state that Committees of Salvation of Ukraine have been established and are working in Ukraine,” Azarov told a press conference in Moscow. “We ask all citizens, political parties, labor union and social movements to unite and restore order in our home by joint efforts,” he added.

Azarov said that he cannot name all members of the newly-established committee because “they live and work in Ukraine, and this is very dangerous.” “Time will come when we will introduce them, first of all tothe Ukrainian people. I can assure you that they are patriots who have no ties neither with current authorities nor with former authorities,” Azarov stressed.

“We know who carried out the coup in Ukraine, who refused to hold dialogue with their own people. [Ukraine] Salvation Committee thinks that it is impossible to restore accord without changing the political leadership. Salvation Committee is unfortunately set up outside of Ukraine, but I am sure that we will come back. We address the Ukrainian people — we are ready to assume responsibility for restoring Ukraine’s development,” he noted. Azarov noted that former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and people from his circle will not join the Committee for Salvation of Ukraine.

“When the committee was discussing this issue, we’ve decided that those who had close ties with Ukraine’s former president should not join the committee,” Azarov said.

Meanwhile, Igor Markov, a former Verkhovna Rada deputy, said that Yanukovich “was to blame to less than the current regime.”

Europe is becoming gradually disappointed in Ukraine’s current authorities.

“Europe begins to understand that it bet on wrong [people]. They wanted to get a European government, but instead they got pro-Fascist [government] that is also absolutely incompetent in economic issues,” Azarov said.

Azarov pointed out that, sooner or later, not only Ukrainian people, but also Europe and US as well will ask a question: “What can be done with this regime?”Donbas should get the broadest possible economic and political autonomy as part of Ukraine, former prime minister Mykola Azarov told LifeNews TV channel on Monday.

“Considering those big grievances that the Kiev regime brought to south-east, to Donbas, considering the scale of damage and death of manypeople, very complicated and serious negotiations are ahead… I am a supporter of granting the largest possible autonomy, including financialand economic autonomy, to these regions. I think that it is possible to reach agreement only on such basis,” Azarov said.

However, Donbas’ economy remains part of Ukrainian economy so neither Ukraine nor Donbas will win from severing ties, the former prime minister added.

Snap presidential and parliamentary election should be held in Ukraine, Verkhovna Rada’s former deputy Vladimir Oleinik told a press conference in Moscow on Monday.

“The crisis in Ukraine is political, economic and social,” Oleinik, who was nominated for president by Ukraine Salvation Committee, said. “The only solution is to hold snap presidential and parliamentary election. [Petro] Poroshenko has not become Ukraine’s president, he remained the president of Roshen [confectionary company],” he added noting that “Roshen has it great, while Ukraine’s National Bank is going around the world with a begging bowl.”

According to Oleinik, Ukraine made a mistake a year ago. “If you ask me how I would have acted right after inauguration — I would have immediately signed a decree on returning forces to places of their permanent deployment. I would have gone to Donetsk and Luhansk, where
people are suffering, and asked for forgiveness on my knees from all Ukrainian mothers,” he said.Vladimir Oleinik is a Ukrainian politician, famous lawyer, Verkhovna Rada deputy of 5th, 6th and 7th convocations. He was born in 1957 in Ukraine’s Cherkassy Region.

In 2006, he was elected to the parliament from Yulya Tymoshenko’s Bloc. Since March 2010, he had been member of the Party of Regions and served as deputy chairman of Rada’s committee on industrial and regulatory policy and entrepreneurship.

In December 2014, Ukraine’s General Prosecutor’s Office charged Oleinik was organizing illegal voting in the parliament for “16 January laws” — a package of measures toughening penalties for various offenses. He was put on Ukraine’s wanted list.Verkovna Rada former deputy Vladimir Oleinik, who was nominated for president by Ukraine Salvation Committee, has said Monday that current authorities are to blame for losing Crimea.”Unfortunately, we lost Crimea because of criminal authorities that ignited ethnic strife and pushed away Crimea and Ukraine’s south-east bystaging a coup,” Oleinik told a press conference in Moscow.

‘When Crimea saw that there is war at the doorstep, it left Ukraine. You don’t remember how [Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko came before the referendum, how Crimeans pushed him out from the peninsula,” Oleinik said promising that he will make everything possible so that “Crimeans feel comfortable in Ukraine, and Ukrainians – in Crimea.” He also called on Kiev to “remove restrictions on water and electricity.”

Crimea, where most residents are ethnic Russians, refused to recognize the legitimacy of authorities brought to power amid riots during a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. In mid-March last year, Crimea re-joined Russia following a referendum. More than 82% of the electorate took part in the vote. Over 96% backed splitting from Ukraine and spoke in favor of reuniting with Russia. Results of the referendum were celebrated by many Crimeans but the vote was widely criticized by Western leaders and at the United Nations.

In the Soviet Union, Crimea was part of Russia until 1954, when Ukrainian born Communist Party head Nikita Khrushchev transferred the Crimean region, along with Sevastopol, to Ukraine’s jurisdiction for purposes of logistics.

Oleinik, who was nominated for president by Ukraine Salvation Committee, also noted that the problem in Donbas cannot be solved without direct negotiations between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk.

“If you ask me how I would have acted right after inauguration – I would have immediately signed a decree on returning forces to places of their permanent deployment. I would have gone to Donetsk and Luрansk, where people are suffering, and asked for forgiveness on my knees from all Ukrainian mothers,” Oleinik told a press conference in Moscow.

“Direct negotiations between Kiev, Donetsk and Luhansk are necessary,” he said adding that “it is necessary to make any kind of compromise” forpeace.”For instance, one language and two countries is bad, while two languages and one country is good. And talking about federalization, it is not that bad, it’s just a system of government,” Oleinik noted.He called on Ukrainian citizens not to participate in the military operation in Donbas. “Don’t let your children go to war!” he stressed. Oleinik said that Ukraine’s military recruiting offices “have turned into terrorist organizations” that take to the army all those who disagree with the current authorities. “Conscripts are running away in Ukraine today,” he reminded.

Kremlin has nothing to do with the initiative to create the Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine and Vladimir Oleinik’s election as its head, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday.

“Kremlin has absolutely nothing to do with this initiative,” Peskov said. “It’s rather new – the press conference [of Ukrainian politician, former deputy Vladimir Oleinik] has just ended and the news has just now appeared,” he said. “Of course, the initiative’s coordination with some authorities here, in Russia, and the more so agreement on Oleinik’s candidature is totally ruled out,” the Kremlin spokesman said.

“As for the issue of supporting or not supporting him, we certainly need to familiarize ourselves in detail with the made statements, study them and analyze the situation,” Peskov said.

According to him, “one thing is certain so far: the situation in Ukraine, in fact, is far from ideal, and it has primarily economic degradation trends with all the ensuing consequences.” “I think this point can hardly be disputed,” said the Kremlin spokesman. “And so far we don’t see any indications that the economic situation is going to improve.” According to Peskov, “The still unresolved conflict in the Donbas region is a serious obstacle to Ukraine’s economic development.”

“Ukrainian authorities, in violation of the Minsk agreements, are still refusing to have direct contacts with Donbas [self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics – DPR and LPR] representatives, and we also know very well that the Ukrainian side fails to observe many clauses of the Minsk agreements,” Peskov said. “And, of course, all this cannot but negatively affect the situation in the country,” the Kremlin official said with regret. He said, however, that “certainly, Ukraine is our closest neighbour, and we want to see Ukraine as a stable, predictable and dynamic state.” “But now the situation is far from this,” he added.

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