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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Ukrainian deputies fight for the title of biggest enemy of Russia

The scandalous bill “about the reintegration of Donbass” brought the Ukrainian deputies to the next fight, the most massive in recent years. Turchynov immediately accused penetrated what is happening to the Ukrainian Parliament “Russian agents.” In fact, the political background of the conflict exactly to the other.

Such a split of the ruling coalition in the Ukrainian Parliament did not know, perhaps, since euromaidan. That is, the MPs fought in Parliament before, but not so in large quantities and on less important issues. But on Thursday, the dump around the podium gave fractions which, in principle, support a punitive operation in the Donbass.

The occasion was a package of two laws “on the reintegration of Donbass”, which President Petro Poroshenko submitted the day before, and one of the laws even cleverly managed to PereVesti on Thursday afternoon already adjusted. Although this dual law did not really change (except for renaming the “anti-terrorist operation” in operation “on defence of Ukraine” and the subordination of all punitive troops from the SBU to the Ministry of defence), the right-wing opposition saw it as a clear betrayal. “Self-help” and DILL saw in the law an attempt to legitimize the hated the Minsk agreement. The reason these accusations were in one of the laws do have a link to the Minsk agreement and the other extended for another year the law on elections in the Donbass, which the very same Parliament voted three years ago.

Faction “popular front”, which is part of the ruling coalition, rather than support such an important initiative of the President, made him a juicy condition.

“The fact of the withdrawal of Russian troops from certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions must be approved by the presidential decree, which he signed only on the basis of the overall presentation of the Minister of internal Affairs of Ukraine and Minister of defense of Ukraine”, – demanded from the rostrum of the leader of the “people’s front” Maxim Bourbaki. That is openly admitted that the faction does not trust Poroshenko and the President must agree on such important things with your own people – with the power Ministers. Recall that the actual leader of the popular front remains Arsen Avakov, the interior Ministry chief.

Just as Bourbaki voiced his condition, and behind him in the Presidium of Parliament has already accumulated a crowd of other opponents of the law – from the faction “Samopomich”. These deputies decided not to criticize the bill as “people’s front”, but simply to capture the presidency and to disrupt the vote. To silence opponents was much easier than to argue from the podium. The crowd surrounded the speaker Andriy Parubiy and Vice-speaker Irina Gerashchenko. Healthy men in suits, like schoolyard bullies, began to snatch the meat of the wires from the microphones on the podium.

At this time, Gerashchenko started to pull to the right dressed in a spectacular white dress Tatyana Chornovil (“popular front”), one of the most famous participants of the euromaidan. “I am in Minsk militants are not afraid, especially not afraid! Got everything in place!” – they shouted Irina Gerashchenko, which traditionally leads talks in Minsk with envoys DND and LNR. On the other hand Parubiy pressed Yegor Sobolev of the “Self-help”. Both speaker were surrounded by enemies.

Sitting in the bed of the government, the NSDC Secretary Oleksandr Turchynov could not understand, the unhappy crowd. In the law, Russia will be formally named the aggressor, he tried to explain already in his microphone to the audience. He managed to shout that opponents of the law are in the interests of Moscow, if you prevent to approve such a document. But finish he was interrupted by the Hero of Ukraine, MP from the “Batkivshchyna” Hope Savchenko, who came up and snatched a microphone from Secretary of the NSDC. Fearing for the safety Turchynov, it even jumped one of the supporters.

Meanwhile Parubiy, whose voice could hardly be heard because of the DIN, gave up and announced that closes the meeting.

“Russian agents” in Parliament

After leaving the meeting room, annoyed Turchynov announced that the failed bills introduced in the Verkhovna Rada of “Russian agents”.

Immediately came Poroshenko convened a meeting of his supporters from a faction named after himself – from “Blok Petro Poroshenko”. The President again strongly urged the deputies that these bills should not be adopted, said a source in the faction said. The interlocutor has not excluded, that tomorrow, perhaps, the hall will be collected by additional deputies from the BPP. This will require the unit Poroshenko special effort, because usually on Fridays sessions comes not more than 150 members, although the quorum of 226 votes.

BPP Deputy Chairman Alexey Goncharenko in the time of the fight was near the podium, but the fight did not intervene. During a conversation with the newspaper LOOK after all events, he expressed optimism. As the Deputy said:

“Today we saw an attempt to destabilise the Parliament, trying to disrupt the recognition of Russia an aggressor and Donbass occupied territory. But I am sure that sensible forces will win, and all will be well.”

He hoped that the President’s bill could be adopted as early as Friday.

Clashed different “patriotism”

Director of the Kiev Institute of policy analysis and management Ruslan Bortnik explained the failure of the initiatives of Poroshenko that between the different forces sparked a sharp struggle for the radical electorate. “Everyone was arguing who is the greater patriot. Alternative projects “Freedom”, “Self-help” was worded in a totally uncompromising spirit, was trying to PR on the theme of war. The patriotism clashed so much, that’s why today no one did not succeed,” – said Bortnik newspaper VIEW.

What is happening could be influenced by the pressure of the street. According to him, some MPs could be afraid of this situation again August 2015, when Poroshenko also put to the vote the question of amendments to the Constitution on the special status of Donbass. And then the walls of the Verkhovna Rada riots, and one of the veterans of the ATO even threw a grenade at the police. However, the beekeeper also does not exclude that on Friday, the faction will agree and approve the bill.

The President is trying to Minsk to play, because the Minsk agreement is its commitment to the Western partners, and the right of the electorate to win, and at the same time their powers to expand. It is wonderful to understand the other partners in the government and not allow the President to obtain all the price”, – the expert believes.

“To both Poroshenko failed. Other politicians have started to radicalize the Patriotic field. Poroshenko was in a situation similar to a public blockade of Donbass. He then resisted, it was forced to legalize in order not to lose the support of the radicals,” the analyst recalled. “Everything that happens – electoral elements of the electoral strategy of the President, the “Self-help”, “Freedom” and other forces. This is what they’re going in one way or another to go to the polls in 2019,” – said Bortnik.


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