Kiev, Ukraine: over 5,000 nationalists hold anti-government protest

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May 20, the streets of Kiev trembled under the marching columns of the anti-government rally “Demands of the Nation – No to Capitulation,” announced by the AZOV movement just a week ago. Ukrainians vigorously supported these requirements – among others, social and political organizations, military, volunteers and renowned public figures like Stepan Khmara, human rights activist, longtime political prisoner of the Soviet camps, and Vasyl Shkliar, Ukrainian writer, an author of the books about Ukrainian national liberation struggle, AZOV’s contemporary contribution in particular. Besides, the march attended a delegation of friendly Polish nationalists, a French supporter, as well as Croatian and Russian volunteers of the AZOV regiment.

Such broad support among the population unequivocally showed the maturity of the public demand for the new political elite.

However, initially the AZOV movement did not set out to march for the purposes other than those declared in the “requirements” – above all, to regain control of the Ukrainian border, so that the talks about the elections in the Donbas could make sense at all. According to Civil Corps AZOV, this march was a warning. Whether the authorities heard the voice of the nation, will show the progress in the international regulation of the latter’s right to defend its own territory, the lives of its citizens and the state sovereignty. After all, for Ukrainians neither the OSCE, nor NATO’s police mission are legally binding; it’s not up to them to decide what is a satisfactory outcome of the Ukraine-Russia war. At the Ukrainian border, we recognize only Ukrainian armed forces and Ukrainian border guards, – stressed Andriy Biletsky, the leader of the AZOV movement, standing on the roof of the pickup in front of the Verkhovna Rada building. So if the nation’s demands are ignored by the authorities, the nation has the right to ignore the decisions of such bodies.

The authorities in the person of President Poroshenko were quick to react, saying in essence that there was no alternative of capitulation and one should not expect securing the integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine in defiance of the Minsk-2 and the “Morel plan.” In other words, the authorities have already “not heard” the nation. However, de facto the march reached much more. Andriy Biletsky did not even have to mention the fact that the civilian wing of AZOV was going to closely monitor the actions of the government and “unite its ranks in a single, monolithic, ideological movement.” A powerful political force, which simultaneously is able to restrain itself, a “replacement for Right Sector” which has all chances to occupy this deserted political niche of the nationwide scale, etc., – highlighted the media, as if competing in who will give the most promising evaluation for the AZOV movement that gathered that day the estimated 10 thousand people.

The President’s response to the “demands of the nation” (“the military path for the Donbas’ return does not exist,” as if the main requirement was a “blitzkrieg”) probably is the best proof that the AZOV movement’s time has come. The only thing which proved Poroshenko’s attempts to downplay the march by noting the attention which it received in the Russian media and television is the complete “genre crisis” and the helplessness of the current government against the well-deserved fall of its political ratings.






Ukrainian March “Demands of the Nation” also attended a delegation of Polish nationalists – supporters of the Ukrainian-Polish understanding and reconciliation. In these difficult times for Ukraine Polish nationalists showed their solidarity and came to oppose the treacherous Morel plan along with the Ukrainian nation.

After the march was held a closed meeting during which both sides determined their ideological orientations and made the first steps towards forming a common ideological and political platform of the Baltic-Black Sea Union (Intermarium).

Every day the wall of misunderstanding between our nations falls down, and both nations are willing more and more to cooperate in implementing the old revolutionary slogan: “For our freedom and yours!”



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