"Didn't they take to the streets for money before? Did they do that of their own volition? My position is unequivocal: Ukraine is in a state where such an unexpected move may result in... a disaster. I've repeatedly approached [authorities - ed.] - both tête-à-tête and in public: it is necessary to leave all the feuds behind and unite for the sake of Ukraine's tomorrow," Leonid Kuchma told journalists in Kyiv on Tuesday when asked about his attitude to the current protests, in particular paid ones, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.
He believes Ukraine will not endure one more uprising: "We will not survive yet another Maidan. It won't look like the first and the second Maidans, it will be something much worse. Let's think of how many guns people have now. And if someone has a gun, they necessarily shoot. We have to very carefully look into all the processes."
According to Kuchma, the lawmakers should "sit down and negotiate."
He stressed "there are reasons to slam" certain decisions of the current government.
"We need to find a way out in the situation around the defrauded depositors... The situation around public utilities... We must act... Can't the factions in the parliament reach an agreement?" the former president wondered.