Skip to comments.Viktor Yanukovych president of Ukraine is in Kharkiv (live stream)
Posted on 02/22/2014 3:55:06 AM PST by Dallas59
Live Stream as of 5:55AM CT
Ukrainian President and honorary member of the Party of Regions of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych arrived in Kharkiv in the early hours of Saturday, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax.
Yanukovych is supposed to take part in a congress of lawmakers from southeastern regions of Ukraine on Saturday, he said.
"This is what is planned, but the situation is changing rapidly. Changes are possible," the source said.
A high-ranking source from Yanukovych's entourage had said earlier in an interview with the Dzerkalo Tyzhnia (Mirror Weekly, ZN.UA) that Yanukovych, accompanied by a narrow circle of especially trusted security guards, had flown to Kharkiv from Kyiv at 10:40 p.m. without stopping over at the suburban presidential residence of Mezhyhirya.
The source said Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Rybak and presidential chief of staff Andriy Kliuyev were on the same plane with Yanukovych.
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I don’t know if this a pro rally or protests...
Can anyone explain what is really going on? I know the EU is trying to take control and then Russia is pushing back.
Could this be the beginning of a movement for Eastern and Southern Ukraine to secede and form an alliance with Russia?
I don’t think this is over.
I seriously doubt that Russia can keep itself from pulling strings and throwing around money in an effort to play the east against the west of The Ukraine with the hope of a full blown civil war into which it can insert itself, militarily.
Sheesh, how did that recently restored Ukrainian Contitiution fall apart so quickly
Perhaps KingHussein could sent them over our constitution. It’s solid. Like a rock. Besides, we’re not using it.
If he has left Kiev he has lost the game. Vitali Klitchko and newly freed Yulia Timoshenko are organizing things
Putin will be stuck with a fait accompli and won’t be able to intervene.
Isn't it the other way 'round?
“Vitali Klitchko and newly freed Yulia Timoshenko are organizing things”
Tymoshenko has just left prison, according to Ukrainian TV. She’s officially free.
The majority of Ukrainians want a closer alliance with the European Union.The EU is not "trying to take control",the people are.It's true that the EU is a very imperfect entity but is light years better than is Vlad Putin's "New and Improved" USSR.I'm stunned and saddened to see Freepers here who are supporting the KGB Golden Boy in this matter.I suspect they're the same ones who said in November 2012 "Romney's not Reagan and he's not Palin,therefore he's no better than Obama...so I'm staying home".
I also expect those same Freepers to come out and proclaim what a brave and wise act it was for Obama to whisper that he'll show Vlad "more flexibility" after the 2012 election.
“...EU is not “trying to take control”,the people are.It’s true that the EU is a very imperfect entity but is light years better than is Vlad Putin’s “New and Improved” USSR.I’m stunned and saddened to see Freepers here who are supporting the KGB Golden Boy in this matter...”
Yes. She is immensely charismatic and popular in some areas. Her penchant for self dealing got her in trouble that last time. Maybe she has cleaned up her act.
Good post. I live here in the EU, and while it’s not perfect (nothing is, let’s face it) it’s a damned sight better than Putin’s “Soviet Union 2.0”; and you’re quite right - the majority of Ukrainians WANT a closer alliance with the EU, and not just folks in the Western part of Ukraine.
Let’s hope so. Maybe that time in prison gave her a little time to reflect on matters.
Either that, or fuelled a lust for revenge that will be epic in its proportions!
What a miraculous recovery...a few months ago Tymashenko was reported to be on her death bed with her lawyers and other human rights "activists" insisting she be allowed to fly to Germany for emergency medical treatment.
Because my mother was born there I'm an Irish citizen as well as a US citizen.As a result I suspect that I follow events in Europe a bit more closely than do some in this country...including some here at FR.There seems to be many,many people in the West who believe that the USSR is dead and buried and that Vlad Putin is just a regular guy.IMO that attitude is breathtakingly naive.
France 24 news is reporting that Yanukovych has resigned, but stating that it is unconfirmed.
So conservatives support the violent overthrow of a freely-elected president? I don’t think so. That is why there are elections, which we coming up soon anyways.
This is the violent removal of one corrupt leader and his possible replacement, Tymoshenko, is also corrupt and quite possibly a killer.
The armed thugs who did this are mostly from a neo-Nazi party.
The eastern more affluent part of the country doesn’t want to be governed by putschists who will now steal what they can from the east.
This will end up damaging Ukraine and its peaceful development.
Here it comes, the dissolution of Ukraine, orchestrated by Victoria Nuland-types. Another example of an Obama admin disaster.
Officials in Kharkov — in Ukraine’s Crimea — and the eastern town of Kharkiv have announced that they are taking control, AP reported Feb. 22. The move follows official condemnation for separatism from the Ukrainian parliament, which has tasked the security services to investigate. Rumors persisit that President Viktor Yanukovich has fled Kiev to the pro-Russian eastern regions of Ukraine.
Other sources say Yanukovych has fled the country. The army never got involved. Even groups of the police have gone over to the opposition.
All the Berkut/Putin talking points in one idiotic post.
You know all of those have been discussed and refuted, right?
Nice rant...this crisis is far from over, and there are plenty of moves left to be made on all sides.
Lol...Samantha Power is that you?
Wrong gender, wrong political persuasion, and a lot bigger...
Wrong gender, wrong political persuasion, and a lot bigger...
So nice I had to say it twice...
...and yet you still fit nicely into the neocon clown car. Go figure.
Wow are you barking up the wrong tree.
Putin is most certainly NOT a regular guy.
But poking the bear in the eye with nothing to back it up is a very bad idea. If Putin is willing to fight to keep Ukraine out of the EU, or to partition Ukraine, or to repossess the Donbas and the Crimea, there’s no military force on earth willing or able to oppose him.
That being the case, posting crap like “the people of America (Europe, world, etc, etc) are standing with the Ukrainians” is arrogant nonsense. We are standing with them the same way we stood with the Hungarians in 1956 or the Czechs in 1968, which is to say, not at all. And the lie that we are “standing with them” (whatever that means) may encourage some poor fools to get themselves killed for nothing.
My grand-uncle was promoted to First Lieutenant in time to deploy to the Mexican Punitive Campaign in 1915 (sounds GOOD, don’t it?). Northern Mexico is our “near abroad”, and when we were a healthy country, we kicked ass there any time it suited us.
What Putin does in his “near abroad” is nothing but trouble for us. We have no power to influence events there, and we should stop pretending we do.
And the only other nation with armed forces of any size and ability that COULD intervene has burned all their maps showing the roads into Ukraine, and for very good reasons.
The Russian have not treated the Ukrainians very well historically. Stalin starved millions of them, so it is still understandable that the Ukraine would prefer and alliance with the West rather then with Russia.
>>The Russian have not treated the Ukrainians very well historically. Stalin starved millions of them, so it is still understandable that the Ukraine would prefer and alliance with the West rather then with Russia.<<
Stalin was Georgian and it was Ukrainian communists killing Ukrainian non-communists for him.
As for Europe it didn’t any better. Don’t you know what Holocaust is? Ukraine and Poland were primary scenes of this event.
Yeah the Nazi’s were very bad people, but Stalin killed more Ukraines then the Nazi’s did Jews. And Germany has been purged of Nazi’s so a repeat is unlikely. Were you in the Ukraine which would you prefer, EU or Russia?
>>Yeah the Nazis were very bad people, but Stalin killed more Ukraines then the Nazis did Jews. And Germany has been purged of Nazis so a repeat is unlikely. Were you in the Ukraine which would you prefer, EU or Russia?<<
Communism is pretty much dead in Russia, too. I guess Ukraine has more communists right now.
As for a choice between EU and Russia I wouldn’t pick any, but realistic analysis shows that considering recent situation, Russian deal was better.
BTW, Nazis hasn’t limited themselves with killing only Jews in Ukraine.
The parliament did so by overwhelming margins, including many votes from members of Yanukovych's party.
The situation is no different than if in our nation the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly in opposition to the sitting President, and he or she decided to resign.
You may not like it, but that's what happened.
Wrong again. Communists in Russia are 19% in the parliament, Ukraine - 7%
Keep making stuff up
>>Communism is pretty much dead in Russia, too. I guess Ukraine has more communists right now.
Wrong again. Communists in Russia are 19% in the parliament, Ukraine - 7% Keep making stuff up
Yep, there are 19% communists in Russian congress, and there is unpopular Yanukovitz who won Ukrainian presidency, and Obama is a US president.
What is your point?
You have no idea on how Russian politics works.
Russian support for communism is about 10% and shrinking.
Their last elections were an anomaly, all their leftist forces has backed a communist party to bring Putin down on a wings of ‘Occupy Moscow’ unrest last time. Liberals, socialists, green, Muslims, even Nazi-socialists - all demanded their supporters to vote communist and all they got combined was 19%. Putin’s party is still a majority.
The point was for you to check how many communists Ukraine had before saying “I guess Ukraine has more Communists”
Little oddity in your previous posts, but why are you spelling Yanukovitz with a “tz” at the end. Is it on purpose, am I missing something? ‘cause I never seen it spelled like that