Ukraine girding its loins to avert another Crimea ?
Itar - Tass....
Russia Tells Ukrainians: 'Referendum' Or We Can't Protect You As Ukraine Proposes State Of Emegency
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 04/07/2014 11:42 -0400
The relative calm of the last two weeks as US talking-heads proclaim Ukraine 'fixed', Russia 'under control', and Europe 'recovering' is being obliterated this morning. The storming of various non-Crimean Ukrainian city government buildings suggest round two of the push is beginning and Russia is wasting no time explaining how this will go down. Russian Senator Viktor Ozerov stated that "Russia has no right to [send peacekeepers] unilaterally" to Eastern and Southern Ukraine (unless the UN agrees)... but... "Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is the most democratic way of expressing one's will." In other words, "we can't help you unless you hold a referendum to annex." Stage 2 is beginning... and it seems Ukraine is getting it as they are preparing to issue a state of emergency.
From Russia with no love - we can't help you, our poor Russian Ukrainian friends...
Russian peacekeepers can be sent to a foreign country exclusively within the framework of international law, not at the request of local authorities, Chairman of the Federation Council's Defense and Security Committee Viktor Ozerov told Interfax while commenting on the Donetsk People's Council's possible appeal to Russia to send peacekeepers to this part of Ukraine."Our peacekeepers can only act in compliance with international law. We had examples when peacekeepers were sent to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, but that was done within the framework of the Commonwealth of Independent States. Just sending our peacekeepers to Donetsk, or elsewhere at the request of the local authorities would go against the principles of international law," Ozerov said."Russia has no right to do this unilaterally. If, however, the UN Security Council passes a resolution on the introduction of peacekeepers, Russia, as its permanent member and a signatory to the Treaty on Cooperation and Security in Europe, will have the right to join a peacekeeping contingent in order to guarantee security in this or that region," Ozerov said.
Unless you hold a referendum...
He said the Federation Council allowed the president to use the military in Ukraine at an emergency meeting in March. "That was connected with the situation in Crimea. However, in this case we were motivated by the Black Sea fleet agreements and the need to enhance the security of our bases. We are satisfied that we did not have to use Russian servicemen during the referendum in Crimea, and that residents of Crimea decided their future on their own," Ozerov said.Commenting on the situation in Ukraine's eastern regions, where pro-Russian forces want to hold a referendum, Ozerov said that, "it would be counterproductive to incite events from the outside.""Russia is interested in stability in Ukraine. At the same time, the will of the people must be documented. A referendum is the most democratic way of expressing one's will," Ozerov said.
And local 'Russian' residents are getting the message...
"What is happening in Donetsk, Luhansk and other eastern regions of Ukraine is logical, taking into account the policy being pursued by the Ukrainian leaders, who disregard ordinary citizens' opinions and appoint oligarchs to govern," Ryazansky told Interfax.
As is the Ukraine government,
A law proposing the introduction of a state of emergency in Donetsk, Lugansk and Kharkov regions following the public disorder over the weekend has been submitted to the Rada.Presidential candidate, Yulia Tymoshenko, has arrived in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine, following large-scale protests there over the weekend.She labeled the occupation of local administrative buildings in Ukraine a “separatist power grab,” and has called on the government to “make such actions impossible in the future.”...A group of about 100 masked men with baseball bats attacked the demonstrators, forcing them to flee, with police unable to separate the two sides. The activists then occupied the square, and began chanting “Referendum! Referendum!” – demanding a poll that would allow the region greater autonomy from Kiev.
Crimea 2.0 indeed...
It seems the market's hope for stability are taking a battering also (especially after last week's exuberant call from SocGen to get long - following Goldman) with 2-month maturity bond yields breaking above 30% once again.
Here we go ! People's Republic of Donetsk .... Now seeking peace-keeping assistance from Putin and a Referendum for Southeast Ukraine no later than May 11 , 2014 !
Crimea 2.0: Donetsk Activists Declare Kiev Independence, Request "Temporary Peacekeeping" Support From Putin
Ukraine Prime Minister: Russia Is Trying To Take Eastern Ukraine
Saying Russian troops were within a 30 km (19 mile) zone from the Ukrainian border, Yatseniuk told a government meeting: "An anti-Ukrainian plan is being put into operation ... under which foreign troops will cross the border and seize the territory of the country.
"We will not allow this," he said.
Pro-Russian protesters in the east seized official buildings in three cities - Kharkiv, Luhansk and Donetsk - on Sunday night, demanding that referendums be held on whether to join Russia.
A similar move preceded a Russia-backed takeover of Crimea in March followed by annexation of the peninsula by Russia.
Interior Minister Arsen Avakov said on Monday the main regional administration building in Kharkiv had been cleared of "separatists".
But police said protesters occupying the state security building in Luhansk had seized weapons and highway police had closed off roads into the city.
"Unknown people who are in the building have broken into the building's arsenal and have seized weapons," a police statement said. Nine people had been hurt in the disturbances in Luhansk.
Mainly Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine has seen a sharp rise in tension since Moscow-backed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich's overthrow in February and the advent of an interim government in Kiev that wants closer ties with Europe.
Russia has branded the new leadership in Kiev illegitimate and has annexed Ukraine's Crimea region, citing threats to its Russian-speaking majority - a move that caused the biggest standoff between Moscow and the West since the end of the Cold War.
The protesters appeared to be responding in part to Yanukovich, who fled to Russia after he was ousted and who on March 28 issued a public call for each of Ukraine's regions to hold a referendum on its status inside the country.
Separately, Ukraine's defense ministry said a Russian marine had shot and killed a Ukrainian naval officer inCrimea on Sunday night.
The 33-year-old officer, who was preparing to leave Crimea, was shot twice in officers' quarters in the locality of Novofedorovka. It was not clear why the Russian marine had opened fire.
Yatseniuk said that though much of the unrest had died down in eastern Ukraine in the past month there remained about 1,500 "radicals" in each region who spoke with "clear Russian accents" and whose activity was being coordinated through foreign intelligence services.
But he said Ukrainian authorities had drawn up a plan to handle the crisis.
"We have a clear action plan," he said, adding that senior officials would head to the towns concerned.
Avakov on Sunday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating the "separatist disorder" and promised that disturbances would be brought under control without violence.
Russia has been pushing internationally a plan proposing the "federalization" of Ukraine in which regions of the country of 46 million would have broad powers of autonomy.
Ukraine, while drawing up its own blueprint of constitutional changes for 'de-centralization' in which smaller municipalities would be able to develop their own areas by retaining a portion of state taxes raised, says the Russian plan is aimed at breaking up the country.
Referring to the Russian plan, Yatseniuk said: "It is an attempt to destroy Ukrainian statehood, a script which has been written in the Russian Federation, the aim of which is to divide and destroy Ukraine and turn part of Ukraineinto a slave territory under the dictatorship of Russia," he said.
"This is not going to happen," he said.
"I appeal to the people and the elites of the east. Our common responsibility is to preserve the country and I am sure that no-one wants to be under a neighboring country. We have our country. Let's keep it," he said.