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Ukraine Crisis - 22 February 2014

Protests January 2014 Following three months of large protests and violent clashes, President Viktor Yanukovych departed Kyiv on February 22. But the details remain murky. By one account, Yanukovich fled from his residence fearing for his life. This came after the February 21 agreement on the crisis settlement, which was signed by ousted President Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders and provides for early parliamentary and presidential elections.

State Border Service of Ukraine reported former Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko tried to leave Ukraine but the border guards didn't let him do this. "He came to Donetsk airport and tried to set off abroad by charter flight", Serhiy Astakhov, Chief Deputy of Border Service told the "Interfax-Ukraine".

So, according to him, the State Border Service of Ukraine carried out a commission of the law enforcement agencies. After that the former Interior Minister left the airport. According to the Border Service he was not observed at any other border checkpoint. According to information Zakharchenko couldn't manage to leave the country because he had no required documents.

Former Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka and former Minister of Revenues and Duties Oleksandr Klymenko were trying to leave Ukraine from Donetsk airport but State Border Service of Ukraine carried out a commission of the law enforcement agencies and didn't let the go. Earlier State Border Service of Ukraine confirmed that Kharkiv mayor Hennadiy Kernes and Head of Kharkiv Administration Mykhaylo Dobkin left Ukraine.

At the same time State Border Service of Ukraine had no information whether Viktor Yanukovych left the territory of Ukraine.

In Ukraine regimes come and go, but oligarchs continue to make money. The oligarchs, powerful business leaders who impact Ukraines politics as well, carefully positioned themselves in both spheres to try to ensure their prosperity. As the situation unraveled for President Yanukovych, oligarchs who benefited from his regime abandoned him once he was no longer useful. Some observers point to this as a key reason why Yanukovych fled Kyiv for exile in Russias Rostov-on-Don.

Ukraine's parliament approved a resolution on 22 February on the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. A total of 328 deputies voted for the parliament's resolution. The resolution envisaged holding presidential elections on May 25, 2014. Ukrainian ex-premier, Yulia Timoshenko, said she would run for the top office. Presidential elections in Ukraine are scheduled for 25 May 2014. Timoshenko, who had been freed from jail, left a Kharkov clinic and travelled to Kiev by special flight. The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada ruled to carry out Ukraine's international commitment to free the former Prime Minister from imprisonment. The decision was supported by 322 out of the 331 parliamentarians who had signed in at session hall, out of 450 total members.

Yanukovych rejected the Supreme Councils decision to remove him from the office. Yanukovych said he intended to remain in office. He called the violent uprising against him an example of a "coup," and compared it to the Nazis' rise to power in Germany in the 1930s. The president, who was in Kharkiv near the Russian border, also said all decisions made by Ukraine's parliament on 22 February were illegal. "I'm going to resign and leave the country," Yanukovych said.

A group of local officials and lawmakers from the formerly ruling Party of Regions met in the eastern city of Kharkiv for a hastily assembled congress. The officials from all levels of government in the Russophone eastern and southern parts of Ukraine adopted a statement declaring that 'illegal formations' had taken up arms against the legitimate government and were killing civilians and police. It called into question the legitimacy of the Verkhovna Rada, as the parliament in Kyiv is known, saying it 'is working under conditions of terror and under the threat of weapons and murders.' The resolution said that 'until constitutional order and legality are restored in the countryall local power is taken upon themselves by local organs of self-government.' The congress was attended by a high-level Russian delegation headed by Duma Deputy and Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Aleksei Pushkov and including the governors of four adjacent Russian regions.

Dmitry Yarosh, Right Sector radical nationalist opposition group leader, told protesters that the deal between the Ukrainian president and the opposition is unacceptable, saying their ultimate goal is Yanukovich's resignation. The Right Sector will not lay down its arms, the Unian news agency quoted him as saying. The Right Sector will not remove the blockade of one of the government buildings until our most important requirement is fulfilled the resignation of Yanukovich.

The moderate opposition may pretend that they have taken power, but in reality it was the radical fighters of the Right Front who made Yanukovich flee. The same fighters, who booed opposition leaders each time they returned from talks with the president to announce new concessions and demanded more. What weve learned in Ukraine now is that if you really disagree with what the elected government is doing, you should go to the streets and just raise holy hell until those policies are reversed or until there is some change made in the procedure. Thats not going to lead to peace in Ukraine in the future, warned Congressman Dana Rohrabacher from California.

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