THE EXTREME right wingers making up as the self-declared ‘new Ukrainian authority’, yesterday issued an ‘arrest warrant’ for the President of the Ukraine, Viktor Yanukovych.
Arsen Avakov who claims to be the ‘new Interior Minister’ said that they want to hunt down Yanukovych and other ministers in President Yanukovych’s Party of Regions, although he did not give their names.
Yanukovych left Kiev last week. He has solid support in the east and south of the country where workers are organising themselves into militias to take on the fascists and drive them off the streets.
Meanwhile US National Security Adviser Susan Rice has warned that sending Russian troops to the Ukraine ‘would be a grave mistake’.
So far, the Russian leadersip has only criticised the US for blatantly meddling in Ukraine’s internal affairs.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev yesterday said: ‘Frankly, the legitimacy of many governmental bodies is in doubt there.
‘Treating masked men armed with Kalashnikov rifles, who are now circling Kiev, as a government – we would find it difficult working with such a government.’
A statement on the Russian foreign ministry’s website accused the new regime in Kiev, of using ‘dictatorial’ and ‘terrorist’ methods to suppress dissent in the country, with backing from the West which is ‘acting out of geopolitical self-interest.’
‘The position of some of our Western partners doesn’t show genuine concern, but a desire to act out of geopolitical self-interest.
‘There is no condemnation of criminal actions by extremists, including manifestations or neo-Nazism and anti-Semitism. In fact, these are being encouraged.’
The statement went on to say that ‘outside sponsors’ are advancing a ‘regime change’ in the country, without a desire to find ‘national consensus’.
‘We urge those embroiled in the crisis in Ukraine to show responsibility, and to prevent further deterioration of the situation, to return to the rule of law, and to stop the extremists in their bid for power.’
Meanwhile, right wingers have destroyed a monument to all those soviet soldiers who died liberating Ukraine from Nazis.
The ‘Soviet Soldier’ – a monument commemorating the collective sacrifice of the Soviet army against Nazi forces has been toppled in the western town of Stryi, near Lvov.
Ukrainian workers have been defending statues of Lenin in many cities, including in Donetsk, Odessa and Kharkiv when fascists sought to attack them.
They encircled the statues and stood guard to protect them from the right-wing mob.