Experts say declaration of state of emergency in Ukraine is realistic
Kyiv, January 31 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The introduction of a state of emergency in Ukraine is a realistic possibility, but President Viktor Yanukovych is not yet ready for such a step, Director of the Ukrainian Policy Institute Kost Bondarenko has said.
"The possibility of introducing a state of emergency remains," he said at a press conference as part of the Opinions project at the Interfax-Ukraine news agency on Friday.
He said he was confident that this initiative would find enough votes in parliament.
"In fact, there is currently no president's will for this. I can say this for sure," he said.
Bondarenko said that a state of emergency for the president and his entourage would be the "last argument of kings" when other methods and forms cannot be used to resolve conflicts.
Director of Berta Communications Taras Berezovets, in turn, said he does not believe that the events in Ukraine could develop with the use of force. He said that instead there would be a silent clearance of protests.
"My forecast is that there will be no forcible clearance. There will be a silent war of terror, which, in fact, has already lasted a month," he said.
He said that such a scenario involves the kidnapping of activists, as well as attempts to detain the most active participants in protests.
Berezovets said that there would be simultaneous attempts to strip deputies of the opposition factions of their immunity.
"According to various estimates, this affects 10-15 deputies, mostly from Batkivschyna," he said.