Feb. 22, 2017.
On the third anniversary of the victory in the Maidan revolution, gained at the cost of the blood of the “Heavenly Hundred,” the biggest nationalist movements (and political parties) of Ukraine, Azov National Corps, Svoboda and Right Sector, issued the joint ultimatum to current Ukrainian authorities in the course of the many thousands-strong “March of the National Dignity” in Kyiv.
It must be noted that separate requirements of the ultimatum were previously raised by this or that political force on its own – for instance, the rally in support of the all-Ukrainian referendum on no-confidence motion against the authorities organized by Right Sector, back then under Dmytro Yarosh’s leadership, a rally against the adoption of the amendment to the Constitution of Ukraine on elections and granting “the special status” to temporarily occupied territories of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions which was organized by Svoboda, a 10-thousand strong march on the same occasion held by Azov National Corps at the end of last spring, as well as a series of subsequent social actions against economic policies of the government.
However, these protest actions were mostly considered a show of power by the rivaling political parties; nobody expected that nationalists would finally form a single movement. Preliminary talks on joining efforts of the Ukrainian nationalist organizations in order to increase the strength of certain manifestations (e.g. support for political prisoners, marches, protests against the illegal construction) have been conducted since summer, and now they yielded this result.
The gathering place of the March, the space around the Stella of Independence at the Independence Square, was too small to host all the event participants. After the huge procession finally lined up, it started moving towards Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament) across the governmental quarter where the presidential administration is situated. The column was headed by the organizations’ leaders: Andriy Biletsky (National Corps), Oleg Tiahnybok (Svoboda), Andriy Tarasenko (Right Sector).
Afterwards the marching column reached its destination, the Parliament of Ukraine. When the leaders of the movements finished their speeches on a stage, a group of MPs headed by Andriy Biletsky entered the Parliament. At the parliamentary session he recited the ultimatum to the current authorities, which was broadcast on a large screen outside in between the speeches by prominent Ukrainian public figures like Levko Lukyanenko, Vasyl Shkliar and Roman Koval.
The ultimatum says:
“We speak on behalf of working and belligerent Ukraine. The former you destroy, the latter betray.
Today a handful of millionaires and billionaires usurped all power in the country. The president, the government and the vast majority of Parliament belong to the same clique. On the international arena, you claim to represent people who did not entitle you to exercise anything.
You are accountable for:
– The privatization and sale of the country;
– Extermination of Ukrainians by hunger, unemployment rates and tariffs;
– Humiliation, submission and surrender of the lands to the Kremlin.
We, Ukrainian nationalists, unite our efforts to counter giving up the country to the armed invaders from the East and the financial extortionists from the West, and most importantly – to destroy the thieves’ clique called today “the authorities.”
As statists, we demand a new political course based on the priority of the national interests:
1. We will not allow the privatization of strategic enterprises;
2. We will not allow agricultural land sale;
3. We will not allow the quarterly rising prices for utilities;
4. We will not allow the destruction of small and medium-sized entrepreneurship and revision of the taxation system;
5. We will not allow raising the retirement age;
6. We demand the so-called special areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions (controlled by terrorists) be recognized as the occupied territories;
7. We demand termination of all diplomatic relations with the Russian Federation;
8. We demand a real efficient mechanism of the president’s impeachment.
We, Ukrainian nationalists, are united and determined as never before. We assure you that if you try to ignore of our demands, we will have enough strength and courage to ensure the dissolution of the Parliament.
We begin the struggle to alter the selling authorities to the Ukrainian!
Glory to Ukraine!“