12:26 19.06.2017

Samopomich Party faction leader Bereziuk declares hunger strike to support Lviv residents

Samopomich Party faction leader Bereziuk declares hunger strike to support Lviv residents

The head of the Samopomich Party faction Oleh Bereziuk has stopped eating to show solidarity with residents of Lviv and to protest the actions of Ukraine's top officials in Kyiv.

"Demanding an end to the sham and end of lies in government, I, as a human being, doctor and people's deputy of Ukraine, have taken the extraordinary step, although I didn't think this would be necessary in the 21st century, to declare a hunger strike," he said at a session of the conciliatory council of heads of parliamentary factions, committees and groups in Kyiv on Monday.

Bereziuk said he decided stop eating in order to support Lviv residents, who "are always patient and tolerant of authorities, because they believe in the government and want to see him, and this government, led by top officials in Kyiv, are publicly humiliating them."

He said the goal of his hunger strike is to compel top government officials from humiliating Lviv residents.

"Lviv is today occupied by the enemy. A year ago the enemy entered this 'city of Will,' which has always and will forever be in the vanguard of Ukraine's defense… The enemy came, and during the course of a year, fooling everyone with each step, began humiliating not only top city officials and top officials of the city, but became humiliating the inhabitants of Lviv," Bereziuk said.

Earlier on June 19, Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovy said 8,500 tonnes of solid waste products, which cannot be transported out of the city, had accumulated and that the city's request to central authorities for assistance was ignored.

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