This appeal was issued Jan. 25 by the head of Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Natalia Vitrenko, and 29 Ukrainian political organizations against the ongoing coup in Ukraine.
Here is the statement in full:
STOP THE GUERRILLAS’ MARAUDING, HALT THE INCITEMENT TO CIVIL WAR,
A COUP, AND THE DISINTEGRATION OF THE COUNTRY!
Appeal from Ukrainian political parties and public organizations to the UN Secretary-General and the leadership of the EU and the USA
January 25, 2014
The political crisis in Ukraine is worsening by the day, taking the country toward fratricidal civil war, the loss of sovereignty, and the disintegration of the state. This is a foreign project to seize Ukraine. It is being implemented against the interests and the demands of our people. It is being carried out unconstitutionally and in violation of international norms and principles, which are based on peaceful action, free elections, freedom of speech, and respect for human rights.
Since the international media reports deliberately distorted information about Ukraine, stated by politicians and officials in the EU and the USA, and this is used in support of the illegal actions of the guerrillas, we are obliged to make the following Appeal.
1. The pretext for organizing the Euromaidan in Kiev was the refusal of the Government and the President of Ukraine to sign an Association Agreement with the EU. We draw your attention to the content of this document, for the sake of which the Parliamentary opposition led people to the Maidan. The heart of the Agreement is the complete loss of Ukraine’s sovereignty through the transfer to supranational agencies (the Council of Association and the Committee on Trade) of decision-making authority, placing them juridically above the Constitution and laws of Ukraine. It has been unconditionally proven that this contradicts the Declaration on the National Sovereignty of Ukraine, the Constitution of Ukraine, and decisions of the Constitutional Court of Ukraine. It also contradicts the expression of the will of the people of Ukraine in the referenda of March 17 and December 1, 1991.
Implementation of the Association Agreement with the EU would indisputably lead to the destruction of the country’s economy, industry, agriculture, service sector, and science.
Signing the Association Agreement with the EU would lead to the total annihilation of state property, which is a competitor of oligarchs in the West.
The Association Agreement with the EU would eliminate the national and state sovereignty of Ukraine. Its embedded political convergence mechanism would liquidate political sovereignty as well, drawing Ukraine into the Joint Security and Defense Policy (JSDP). This anti-Russian project provides for the expulsion of the Russian Federation’s Black Sea Fleet from Sevastopol and Crimea as a whole, and draws Ukraine into the NATO military bloc.
The aforementioned arguments confirm that the Agreement on Association of Ukraine with the EU is a project of the West for the takeover and colonization of Ukraine. Its implementation has been assigned to the Parliamentary opposition: the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland), Udar (Punch) of Klitschko, and Svoboda (Freedom) Parties.
2. We deem it necessary to draw your close attention to the nature of the political forces that have organized the Euromaidan and today are conducting combat actions throughout the territory of Ukraine. The terrorists have not only launched bloodletting with law enforcement agencies, but are seizing government buildings, smashing and burning the party offices of their political opponents, and applying mob law against the citizens of Ukraine. This unquestionably threatens the safety and life of citizens, as well as their dignity and the inviolability of their property.
You should understand that, in supporting the actions of the guerrillas in Ukraine, by according them the status of “Euromaidan activists” who are taking part in so-called peaceful actions, you yourselves are directly protecting, inciting, and egging on Ukrainian neo-Nazis and neo-fascists.
None of these oppositionists (Yatsenyuk, Klitschko, and Tyahnybok) hide that they are continuing the ideology and the practices of the OUN-UPA. They punctuate all of their speeches at the Maidan with cries of “Glory to Ukraine — to the Heroes Glory!” This Nazi greeting was adopted by the Ukrainian nationalists in April 1941 (at the Second Assembly of the OUN), and was copied from the analogous slogans of Hitler’s Nazi Party.
Other regular slogans of the Maidan are “Glory to Ukraine — Death to the Enemies,” “Ukraine above All,” “Ukraine for Ukrainians,” “Stab the Muscovites and Hang the Communists.”
Wherever the Euromaidan people go in Ukraine, they disseminate, besides the slogans mentioned above, neo-Nazi, racist symbols such as the Wolf’s Cross — one of the first emblems of Hitler’s NSDAP Party; the Celtic Cross — one of the main neo-Nazi and racist symbols, denoting the superiority of the white race; and the numbers 14 and 88. The 14 refers to fourteen words of the American neo-Nazi David Lane, who was sentenced to 190 years in prison in the state of Indiana, USA, for racist civil rights violations and racketeering; while 88 is an encoded version of “Heil Hitler!” (“h” being the eighth letter of the Latin alphabet). Right Sector, which coordinates the guerrillas, uses the black-and-red flag in all its actions. It is a symbol of the Nazi ideology of “Blood and Soil,” which in 1930 was consolidated as a certain sort of national socialist doctrine, which the Hitlerites used to justify their regime after coming to power in 1933.
Also confirming the neo-Nazi nature of the Euromaidan is the constant use of portraits of the bloody executioners of our people, Bandera and Shukhevich — agents of the Abwehr under the nicknames “Gray” and “Taras Chuprinka.” On January 14 a portrait of Bandera was hung from the Kiev City Hall [occupied by demonstrators], as a provocation. After a scandal ensued, it was removed to the interior of the building. Also diabolical was the march by Maidan participants with torches through the central streets of Kiev on January 1, Bandera’s birthday.
Not only the Kiev Maidan, but also the maidans unfolding in the regions of Ukraine are massively infected with Nazi ideology, and they are using the practices of their predecessors in their actions both against law enforcement agencies and against Ukrainian civilians (including their political opponents).
Washington and Brussels are either following the risky course of ignoring the Nazi nature of the Euromaidan, or they are consciously closing their eyes and covering up the fascist ideology of the Parliamentary opposition and the Euromaidan in Ukraine. It is appropriate to ask: “Have the UN, the EU, and the USA ceased to recognize the Charter and Verdict of the International War Crimes Tribunal at Nuremberg, where the Hitlerite Nazis and their henchmen were convicted? Have human rights ceased to be a value for the countries of the EU and the world community? Is the Ukrainian nationalists’ devotion to Hitler and his mass murders of civilians now considered democracy?”
3. The rights of those citizens of Ukraine who condemn Nazism and neo-Nazism, espouse a different ideology, defend the sovereignty of Ukraine, and categorically reject the Association Agreement with the EU, while seeing Ukraine’s integration into the Customs Union as a way out of the crisis, are being trampled on! Representative polling shows that over half the population advocates the integration of Ukraine with Russia and 97 percent are against Nazism. Do the EU and the UN think that the rights of tens of millions of these Ukrainians should not be defended? Do the EU and the UN consider it a standard of democracy, when the so-called self-defense units of the Euromaidan, unconstitutionally and in violation of the norms of international law, kidnap citizens, search them, interrogate them, torture them, and take them off for “sentences” to be carried out?
We insist on the inclusion of our representatives in the negotiation process with the President of Ukraine and the Parliamentary opposition, and we ask you to support this demand. We also urgently request that you receive an authorized delegation of the signatories hereof, in order to obtain objective information about what is happening in Ukraine.
We, as leaders of Ukrainian political parties and public organizations, express our concern that politicians and officials from the UN, the EU, the USA, and the international community have a distorted perception of the events being organized to bring about a coup d’etat in Ukraine, and are not taking effective measures to stop this fascist coup.
We call on the leadership of the UN, the EU, and the USA to immediately condemn the actions of Ukrainian Nazi organizations and, on their own part, to take the necessary measures to prevent a fratricidal civil war in our country.
We are sending a copy of this Appeal to the leaders of the member countries of the United Nations Security Council.
– Alexander Vasilyevich Bondarchuk
Ukrainian Labor Party (Marxist-Leninist), People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 2nd, 3rd, 4th sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Natalia Mikhailovna Vitrenko
Progressive Socialist Party of Ukraine, Doctor of Economic Sciences, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 2nd and 3rd sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Leonid Ivanovich Grach
Communist Marxist-Leninist Party of Ukraine, Doctor of Historical Sciences, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 4th, 5th, 6th sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Sergei Vasilyevich Dovgan
Honorary Chairman of the Peasant Party of Ukraine, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 2nd and 3rd sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Yevgeni Georgiyevich Dubovnik
Sevastopol Anti-NATO Front (public organization), Deputy of the Sevastopol City Council, 5th and 6th sessions
– Lyudmila Pavlovna Kayotkina
All-Ukraine Women’s Public Organization “Gift of Life,” Deputy of the Donetsk Regional Parliament, 5th session
– Sergei Nikolayevich Kiyashko
Assembly of Slavic Peoples of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine
– Vasili Fyodorovich Kuvshinov
Union of Soviet Officers, city of Chigirin
– Nikolai Fyodorovich Larinenko
People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 2nd and 3rd sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Yelena Anatolyevna Mazur
All-Ukraine Public Organization “For the Union of Ukraine, Belarus and Russia” (ZUBR)
– Tatyana Alexandrovna Makarenko
Public Organization “Russkaya Obshchina” (Russian Community), city of Dnepropetrovsk
– Gennadi Makarov
Coordinating Council of Russian Organizations in Eastern Ukraine
– Vladimir Romanovich Marchenko
Ukrainian Federation of Labor, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 1st, 2nd, 3rd sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Alexander Viktorovich Svistunov
Russian Movement of Ukraine, Deputy of the Supreme Sovet of Autonomous Republic of Crimea, 5th session
– Valentina Petrovna Semenyuk-Samsonenko
Union of Women for the Future of the Children of Ukraine, Kandidat of Economic Sciences, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th sessions of the Supreme Rada
– Valeri Alexandrovich Sergachov
Kiev Rus Party, Deputy of the Odessa Regional Parliament, 5th session
– Olga Nikoloyevna Solovenko
Eurasian People’s Union, Deputy of the Odessa Regional Parliament, 5th session
– Pavel Vasilyevich Tishchenko
Kharkov Regional Public Organization “Trudovaya Kharkovshchina”, People’s Deputy of Ukraine, 3rd session
– Konstantin Viktorovich Shurov
Russian Community of Ukraine
– Vladimir Vladimirovich Bogatyrev
All-Ukraine Public Association “Russky Soyuz” (Russian Union)
– Lyudmila Anatolyevna Gorbachova
Vinnitsa Regional Organization “Union of Orthodox Women of Ukraine”
– Nikolai Vladimirovich Kovalyov
Association of Citizens in Support of Canonical Orthodoxy “The Path of the Orthodox in the Name of the Blessed and Equal of the Apostles Prince Vladimir” (Autonomous Republic of Crimea)
– Vladimir Ilyich Matrokhin
Russian Community of Lviv, Deputy of the Lviv Regional Parliament, 2nd session
– Alexei Borisovich Merkulov
March 17 Union Movement
– Alexander Ivanovich Ogorodnikov
Union of Soviet Officers, city of Uman
– Alexander Sergeyevich Pokrovsky
Lviv Regional Organization “Intelligentsia for Socialism,” Kandidat of Economic Sciences, Deputy of the Zaliznychny District Council of the city of Lviv, 1st session
– Nadezhda Gennadiyevna Polyakova
Public Organization “Russkaya Obshchina” (Russian Community) of Yevpatoriya
– Viktor Viktorovich Silenko
All-Ukrainian Association of Russian Compatriots (VORS)
– Anna Fyodorovna Tsysar
Children of the War of Sevastopol
– Alexander Varushko
Social Safety Forum
“United Slavic Front”