The Crimean authorities request Yanukovych to declare the state of emergency

During the extraordinary plenary session of Verkhovna Rada of the Crimea the deputies appealed the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych with the call to take all the available steps for restoration of the public order, including declaring the state of emergency in the country.

"Today nobody, who has a civic stand, can and must maintain aloofness to what is going on. The opinion of everyone must be heard. Otherwise, there might be an illusion that only those people, who flooded the squares and streets of Kiev trying to present their desires, aspirations and position as the will of all the people of Ukraine, have an opinion about what is happening," says the appeal, "This authority must not permit unconstitutional revenge of bankrupt political forces, which preach extreme nationalism that has already crossed the verge which separated it from fascism."

The Crimean deputies regard declaring the state of emergency as "concern for preservation of stability and law and order in the Crimea and all of Ukraine" and "constitutional duty".

"We call on you, dear Viktor Fedorovych, to take all the steps available to you for the restoration of the public order, including, if the situation warrants, declaring the state of emergency. The political moment requires maximum steadfastness and resoluteness," summarizes the document.

Only two deputies - the members of Kurultay-Rukh faction Refat Chubarov and Leonid Pilunsky - voted against the approval of suggested agenda. All the other Crimean deputies voted for adoption of the appeal.

According to the local authorities, today the extraordinary sessions of the regional councils will also be held in Kharkov, Odessa, Donetsk, Lugansk and Dnepropetrovsk regional councils, as well as in the cities of Kirovograd and Sevastopol.

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