Ukraine: Yanukovych calls for referendum, says power seized by fascists thanks to West
28 February 2014, 18:00
Viktor Yanukovych has suggested that a national referendum be conducted in Ukraine. Yanukovych believes the latest events in Ukraine, including the loss of life, have been a result of the Western countries' policy.
'Issues that are to be addressed at a national referendum need to be worded in cooperation with public organizations and a broad range of representatives of civil society in the nearest future. In any case, these issues should address vital issues and aspects of the country's development, no doubt, the Constitution and the state system,' Yanukovych told a press conference in Rostov-on-Don on Friday.
Viktor Yanukovych believes the latest events in Ukraine, including the loss of life, have been a result of the Western countries' policy. 'The disturbances and casualties are consequences of a political crisis and a result of the West's irresponsible policy, which connived with Maidan,' Yanukovych said.
Viktor Yanukovych has called for the acts of violence in Ukraine to be investigated under the joint monitoring of the authorities, the opposition and the Council of Europe (CoE).
'Of course, it is very important to conduct impartial investigations into the acts of violence under the joint monitoring of the authorities, the opposition and the Council of Europe,' Yanukovych told a press conference in Rostov-on-Don.
Those holding guns illegally must give them up to police immediately, the occupied administrative and public buildings must be vacated, and all the streets, parks and squares unblocked, he also said.
If the February 21 agreement between the Ukrainian government and the opposition is implemented, this could calm down the situation in Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych said at a press conference on Friday.
'I believe the Verkhovna Rada is illegitimate. I still believe that if the agreement had been implemented or it if is implemented, this could significantly calm down the situation and help start a legitimate process of settling the political crisis in Ukraine. This is a way to get out of the deadlock to which the radicals have driven us,' Yanukovych said.
Voice of Russia
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