Statement of researchers of history of Southern Ukraine
In conditions when speculations on the subjects of separatism are spread appealing to the experience of the historical past, we, researchers of history of the Southern Ukraine, declare that with all its specificity and originality the history of the South Ukrainian region was and remains an organic part of the history of Ukraine, and the region and its subregions are and must remain an organic, integral part of the united, sovereign state of Ukraine. We express concern about speculations on the relevant issues and we call all for prudence and responsibility.
Bohdan Klid to PBS ombudsman, Michael Getler, in response to professor Steven Cohen’s comments made during the PBS Newshour program (3 March 2014) on Ukraine’s new government.
I am writing to register a complaint about professor Steven Cohen’s comments broadcast on the PBS Newshour on 3 March 2014 (Seattle station). Dr. Cohen said that the new government in Ukraine was illegitimate and extremist. On what evidence would he base this claim? Such a statement is strongly at odds with the position of all of the EU states, the US, and Canada, which have indicated support for the provisional authorities in Kyiv. Moreover, it is now abundantly clear that the former president Viktor Yanukovych fled the country to avoid answering before Ukraine’s parliament for his government’s decisions to use deadly force against demonstrators. Also, there is ample evidence to support charges of fraud, embezzlement and corruption involving tens of billions of dollars. Finally, 371 members of parliament (of 450 elected) voted to remove him from office. In short, professor Cohen’s comments are nothing short of irresponsible. In the context of the extremely dangerous situation, following incursions by Russia’s troops into Crimea and threats of invasion of eastern Ukraine, they are also extremely reckless.
Dr. Bohdan Klid, Assistant Director
Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies
430 Pembina Hall, University of Alberta
Edmonton AB T6G 2H8 Canada
Tel.: (780) 492-6857, -2972
Fax: (780) 492-4967
Statement from Head of the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine Volodymyr Vasylenko on Russian Aggression
On March 1, 2014, the Russian Federation’s Federation Council of the Federal Assembly approved a resolution allowing to deploy Russian armed forces in the Ukrainian territory. With this legislative act, the Federation Council legalized Vladimir Putin’s political decision, based on which Russian armed forces began blocking Ukrainian military units and seizing government buildings and transport routes in the Crimea even before the adoption of the resolution. Read more
Statement from Head of the Public Commission for the Investigation and Prevention of Human Rights Violations in Ukraine Volodymyr Vasylenko on Crimea
To the Guarantor Countries, Signatories of the Budapest Memorandum,
Permanent Members of the United Nations Security Council
The Command of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation has issued an ultimatum to units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Crimea.
It specifies that they are to surrender by 5:00 a.m. local time on 4 March 2014.
If this is not done, a warning has been given that these units will be stormed, with the use of all types of weapons.
Armed forces of the Russian Federation are also concentrated along the eastern borders of Ukraine, which means that an attack from the east is being prepared. Read more