law enforcement and security agencies are preparing for possible
protest actions in the country. A headquarters for responding to a
surge of protest activities has been established at the base of the
National Security and Defense Committee of Ukraine. This has been
confirmed by Ukrainian journalists close to the headquarter’s
the planned measures is a crackdown on protest actions and the
introduction of martial law in Kiev if the situation deteriorates to
headquarters is headed by the national security committee’s
secretary, Alexander Turchynov. According to insider sources, the
special structure also includes Defense Minister Arsen Avakov,
General Prosecutor Yuri Lutsenko, Chief of General Staff Viktor
Muzhenko, SBU and intelligence representatives, and also people’s
deputy Sergey Pashinsky.
first meeting of the headquarters took place on Sunday at the
presidential administration. Several resolutions were adopted.
police have been ordered not to allow vehicles transporting
protesters into the capital. Kiev authorities and law enforcement
have been ordered to by all means prevent equipment and tents from
being set up on the Maidan. The municipality is supposed to seek a
court ban on holding mass actions in the center of the capital in
order to enact this.
from the coalition factions in parliament (the Petro Poroshenko Bloc
and People’s Front) have been suggested to organize private
security detachments out of athletes and staff to help security
forces disperse actions if necessary.
services and the SBU have been tasked with investigating evidence of
a “Russian trace” in the planned protests. They have also been
instructed to look into shutting down TV channels and blocking
all of these measures do not have the desired effect and protests are
held on a large scale with the blockade of administrative buildings,
then security forces could receive the order to disperse protests and
arrest their leaders. Detachments of the National Guard, Armed
Forces, and SBU special forces have been proposed to carry out such
the headquarters meeting, the National Security and Defense Committee
of Ukraine was instructed to prepare draft legislation on the
imposition of martial law and a curfew in Kiev, sources have
most likely pretext for protests will be the so-called “shock
bills”, according to which as of October new prices are to be
introduced for heating. Earlier, the Cabinet of Ministers raised them
by 75-90%. Now, heating a two-bedroom apartment costs approximately
1,500 hryvnia, while the average salary is in the range of only 5,000
authorities also raised the prices for electricity, gas, and cold
taken by locals have captured columns of military vehicles moving in
the direction of Kiev.
Tymoshenko has urged Ukrainians to take to the streets on November
15th for an indefinite protest action in the center of Kiev. She
stated this on Monday, November 14th, during a speech in the
to Tymoshenko, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and the National
Bank have become a bastion of corruption and the head of state has
appointed his business partners to key positions in the country.
only the people can restore justice and put the government in its
place. Tomorrow morning, citizens, including pensioners, will go out
for an indefinite protest against the devaluation of the hryvnia, the
increase in utility costs, and for returning their bank deposits,”
also added that the government is calling protesters “the hand of
the Kremlin”, while in fact “people are just fed up.”
hide behind the war, but they themselves are corrupting and robbing
the country. Either the people will unite or the government will
simply destroy the Ukrainian nation and Ukrainian state,” she
that Tymoshenko was preparing a new Maidan appeared as early as late
September. It was reported that public organizations with links to
her had purchased from 300 to 500 tents for use in mass actions.
recently stated that even Western Ukraine is starting to think
positively about the country’s former president, Viktor Yanukovych.
“If they think so in Galicia, then you can only imagine what
thoughts people from other regions are having," she warned.