09:46 07.05.2013

Communist Party leader calls on Ukrainians to support country's entry into Customs Union at referendum

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Communist Party leader calls on Ukrainians to support country's entry into Customs Union at referendum

Ukrainian Communist Party Petro Symonenko has urged Ukrainians to support Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan at a referendum.

"We are appealing to you today to support the idea of the Communists to hold a referendum on Ukraine's accession to the Customs Union. Here, in the direction of cooperation with the fraternal peoples - Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and CIS states, is the road to resolving many problems facing Ukraine," he said on the European Square in Kyiv on Wednesday, while addressing participants in a May Day rally.

Symonenko criticized "attempts by oligarchs to ensure Ukraine's accession to the EU."

"This is another level of increasing the unemployment rate... Engineering, shipbuilding, aircraft construction, rocket industry and many other sectors will be destroyed," he said.

In addition, Symonenko said that the Communists in parliament would continue to fight for the cancelation of the pension and health reforms. He said that the pension reform had not been canceled because of the Party of Regions' agreements with the opposition.

He also noted that the Communists would not vote "in favor of the Labor and Housing Codes."

The rally on the European Square has ended. Supporters of the Communist Party are gradually dispersing.

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