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 Yatseniuk testifies in Yanukovych case: additional powers proposed to Crimea, lethal force authorized to stop peninsula occupation

Ukraine’s former PM Arsenii Yatseniuk says he personally proposed to grant additional powers to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) when Russia launched the occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula.

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET , Yatseniuk said giving his testimony at the hearing of case against runaway ex-President Viktor Yanukovych.

"Being still members of the Ukrainian parliament, we took several decisions," Yatseniuk said.

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He added that a number of MPs were sent to Crimea to establish a dialogue with the local government. "Poroshenko, Kunitsyn and several other deputies travelled there," the former PM said.

"I personally put forward the initiative to provide additional powers to the ARC," he said explaining that he proposed to expand Crimea’s autonomy.

Yatseniuk noted that being already a prime minister, he tried to convince Russia to cease breaking the law and reverse the seizure of Crimea

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The former prime minister also said that any legal initiatives required negotiations with the ARC leadership which have never been launched.

Yatseniuk assured that the Ukrainian authorities did their best to prevent Crimea occupation.

He said that the acting president of Ukraine, defense minister, interior minister, chiefs of the General Staff, Security Service, and other law enforcement agencies were then fulfilling their duties imposed on them by the Constitution and the law.

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"I remember one of the conference calls held at Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, when the acting president in my presence, the presence of the defense minister, gave a clear instruction not to surrender any military facility, use lethal force to protect Ukrainian military bases and warships. Therefore, all the documents, this is not my constitutional competence but I confirm that the Armed Forces, the National Guard, The Navy, the Air Force received all legally binding documents necessary for the protection of the Ukrainian territory, protection of military bases and the use of lethal force against those attacking Ukrainian military facilities," Yatseniuk said.

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Since Yanukovych’s lawyer Serdiuk questioned ousting his client from power, Yatseniuk insisted that this decision was made in line with the Constitution.

"The decision of the Verkhovna Rada was made by the constitutional majority. This decision was not about his suspension but addressed his self-removal from office," the former PM said and reiterated that if Yanukovych returned, the decision would have been canceled.

Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n3038700
 
 
 
 
 
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