Skip to comments.Ukraine Moves to Disarm Paramilitary Groups
Posted on 04/01/2014 8:12:13 PM PDT by Jim Robinson
KIEV, Ukraine Ukraines Parliament on Tuesday ordered law enforcement agencies to immediately disarm unofficial paramilitary groups, signaling growing resolve in the interim government to confront nationalists and other vigilantes who played a big role in the overthrow of Viktor F. Yanukovych, the countrys pro-Kremlin former president who was deposed more than a month ago.
The bill, introduced and passed unanimously, ordered both the Interior Ministry and the Security Service of Ukraine, the countrys successor to the K.G.B., to disarm the groups because of the aggravation of the crime situation and systematic provocations on the part of foreigners in southeastern Ukraine and in Kiev.
The attempt to further consolidate control domestically came as Russia delivered yet another blow to the fledgling Ukraine government, which the Kremlin regards as illegal. Gazprom, the Russian state gas giant, announced a 40 percent increase in the price of natural gas sold to Ukraine, which is heavily dependent on Russia for its gas supply.
The passage of the anti-paramilitary bill comes as tensions in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital, have grown between nationalist groups who continue to patrol the main squares of the city and Arsen Avakov, the countrys new interior minister.
A member of Right Sector, arguably the largest and best-organized ultranationalist group in Kiev, was accused of opening fire with a pistol on the citys main square on Monday evening during a dispute with members of other self-defense groups.
After the incident, police officers armed with automatic rifles surrounded the groups headquarters at a downtown hotel and began negotiations...
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What could go wrong? Just give up your weapons and the nice officers will be on their way ...
Kind of need a score card to keep track of which group is which.
Kerry agreed with Putin to disarm Ukranians.
It is not a good idea at all. I visited Babi Yar outside Kiev, site of tens of thousands of genocidal executions. The place has that erie feel of evil violence. The enemies of freedom in Ukraine would / could repeat the history.
It is a really grim place. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babi_Yar
Dang. The Ukraine Paramilitary owes me money.
We’re likely to see continued instability in Ukraine, especially after IMF austerity policies hit.
Aren’t you dreaming about the holy shirtless one bringing “stability” to Ukraine ?
No. Russia is likely to play a destabilizing role in Ukraine, as are the EU and NATO, even if that isn’t the intent.
America’s Democrats are watching closely, hoping to glean ideas...
“Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”
They have already telegraphed that they were going to do this.
If the “paramilitary” had any arms not already stashed, they deserve to have them taken away.
The very government brought in by armed revolution now wants to ban arms. Guess they know how effective an armed populace is. Cowards. Lead the country properly and there is no fear of armed revolution.