Ten Regions Party MPs, two independent MPs express support for Ukrainian people
A group of Regions Party MPs and two independent lawmakers are initiating an urgent meeting of the Verkhovna Rada to return to a parliamentary-presidential form of government and have expressed their support for the Ukrainian people.
"We, a group of people's deputies of Ukraine, are calling for an urgent meeting of the Verkhovna Rada today, on February 20, at 1500 to return a parliamentary-presidential form of government," they said in a joint statement.
They also expressed support for the Ukrainian people and the expression of their will.
The lawmakers said that they are concerned over the bloodshed on the Kyiv streets and the victims on both sides of the confrontation.
"We officially declare that we condemn actions intended to escalate the armed conflict, and urge both sides to stop aggressive actions and start peaceful talks involving international observers from the EU [Germany, Poland], Russia and the United States," the document reads.
The MPs also addressed the soldiers of the interior troops, units of the Interior Ministry and Security Service of Ukraine asking that they "execute the oath they swore to the Ukrainian people, not to follow criminal orders to use firearms, not to allow the participation of law enforcers in provocations involving gangs against the peaceful public and protesters all over Ukraine."
The statement was signed by MPs from the Party of Regions Andriy Derkach, Volodymyr Zubyk, Hryhoriy Smitiukh, Oleksandr Kuzmuk, Volodymyr Pekhov, Volodymyr Prodyvus, Volodymyr Struk, Mykola Soroka, Viktor Bondar, Viktor Tykhonov, and two independent lawmakers - Oleksandr Tabalov and Andriy Tabalov.