As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, this was said by Deputy Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Iryna Herashchenko at the parliament’s coordination board.
She recalled the telling incident that took place in Cherkasy last week when the city council had to make decisions under pressure of unknown masked individuals wearing gray-black uniforms with the inscription National Militia who overran the session hall. According to Herashchenko, the goons also known as titushky demanded that the council adopt the budget and then vote to dissolve itself.
"This is a telling example of the fact that titushky already influence the work of certain councils. Therefore, I demand that we create a commission of inquiry that should address the situation which took place in Cherkasy. We need the law enforcers to inform us what is actually going on.
“And in the context of such impunity, I consider it unacceptable that the leadership of the Verkhovna Rada, the heads of factions pay no attention to such things. Moreover, the members of some factions, namely Samopomich, said that the MPs will vote for something with the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine being under siege and titushky being breathing down our necks. I’d like to remind all those present that we have a legitimate parliament elected by the Ukrainian nation and not by titushky while it is solely up to the lawmakers and factions to decide what to cast their votes for. I just don’t see why there is no reaction to these statements that we would vote for something being under siege with someone looking over our shoulders. I believe the parliament must act decisively to prevent such things because we are actually talking about the Kremlin’s scenario of taking over the Verkhovna Rada, forcing the lawmakers and officials to make decisions," Herashchenko said and called for public response of Rada Speaker Parubii and Samopomich faction Chairman Bereziuk.
"I’d like to reiterate that I personally will cast no vote under pressure of titushky. Unlike those who attend rallies being heavily guarded, the first thing I did as the first deputy speaker was refuse protection and I ask not to threaten me as it happens every time after I make statements here," she said.