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Viktor & Vlad

Viktor & Vlad


English translation of the Statement of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych

Dear fellow citizens !

In these tragic days, when Ukraine has suffered such heavy losses, when people died on both sides of the barricades, I consider it my duty to delcare before the memory of the fallen – that there is nothing more important than human life. And there are no steps, which we should not take together, to restore peace in Ukraine.

I announce the steps, which need to be taken, to restore calm and to avoid further casualties.

I declare that I am initiating early presidential elections.

I am also initiating a return to the 2004 Constitution, with a redistribution of authority toward a parliamentary republic.

I appeal for the commencement of discussions to form of a government of national unity.

As the President of Ukraine and the guarantor of the Constitution, today I fulfill my duty before the people, before Ukraine and before the Lord God in the name of preserving our nation, in the name of the preserving human life, in the name of peace and calm in our land. 

Statement of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych




Important statement by Canadian PM Stephen Harper on Canada’s response to the escalation of violence in Ukraine.


Ottawa, Ontario
20 February 2014

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on Canada’s response to the escalation of violence in Ukraine:

“Canada continues to be outraged by the ongoing violence in Ukraine. Our Government has responded by introducing a travel ban on the regime’s senior leaders and announcing medical aid to assist the protesters in their time of need. Today, our Government is taking additional action to increase pressure on the regime to end the violence.

“For months, our Government has delivered a strong message to the Ukrainian Government that its citizens must be allowed to exercise their democratic right to peaceful protest without being subjected to deadly force and appalling brutality. The outrageous violence being witnessed by the world must cease, and we hold the regime responsible for these actions against its own citizens.

“Today, we are imposing an expanded travel ban which will prevent senior members of the Ukrainian Government and other individuals, who bear political responsibility for the violence, from travelling to Canada. This expands the scope of travel restrictions announced on January 28th. We will also be imposing economic sanctions on the Yanukovych regime and its supporters.

“It is our hope that these serious steps will convince the Ukrainian Government to seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis. We will continue to monitor developments in Ukraine, and, with our international allies, consider further options.

“Our Government, working with the Ukrainian-Canadian community and Members of our Caucus, will continue to stand by the Ukrainian people in their fight for a free and democratic Ukraine.”

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