10:47 21.02.2014

Ukrainian Rada chairman signs parliamentary resolution banning antiterrorist operation

Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada Chairman Volodymyr Rybak has said he has signed a Ukrainian parliamentary resolution condemning violence in the country and banning an antiterrorist operation, which was passed on Thursday evening.

"The Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada resolution condemning the use of violence has been signed by the Verkhovna Rada chairman," Rybak said at a parliamentary session on Friday.

It was reported earlier that the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution by an almost unilateral vote on Thursday evening condemning the use of force against protesters and banning the Ukrainian Security Council's anti-terrorist operation in the country.

The resolution was supported by 236 of the 238 MPs registered at the session hall.

The Verkhovna Rada "categorically condemned" the use of force by riot police against civilians, torture and crimes against humanity, an Interfax correspondent said.

The parliamentary resolution orders the Ukrainian Security Council, the Interior Ministry and other paramilitary organizations to "immediately stop using force against citizens of Ukraine."

The Ukrainian Parliament also prohibited the anti-terrorist operation recently announced by the country's Security Council and Anti-Terrorist Center because such a measure violated the constitution of the country.

The Ukrainian Security Council must immediately repeal its decision to conduct this operation, the resolution says.

The Interior Ministry was asked to stop blocking access to roads, squares and streets in Kyiv and other citizens and instruct its personnel to return to their permanent bases.

MPs also demanded that the Defense Ministry impose a ban on the use of the country's Armed Forces during the anti-terrorist operation.

The Ukrainian cabinet was asked to lift restrictions on Kyiv-bound traffic.

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