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Viachaslau Siuchyk: Everyday bodies of men killed at the east of Ukraine are brought to Maidan

21.08.2014  |  Politics   |  Alena Barel, EuroBelarus,  
Viachaslau Siuchyk: Everyday bodies of men killed at the east of Ukraine are brought to Maidan

Belarusans march across Kiev for rights of Siberia citizens, help fugitives from Donbas survive, and each day observe the coffins of those Maidan fighters, who died in battles with terrorists.

What is now happening at Maidan? How does the main Kiev’s square  “cleared” by authorities live and what Belarusans do there? The correspondent of “EuroBelarus” Information Service talked with Viachaslau Siuchyk, the head of “Razam” (“Together”) movement and the leader of the Belarusian center in Ukraine, who is now in Kiev.

- On August 17 solidarity movement “Razam” (“Together”) organized a protest at Maidan in Kiev, we supported “Siberian march” (a demonstration in support of federalization of Siberia and Kuban, where people were singing Siberian anthem and holding banners with signs “Putin, give freedom to Siberia!” After that people went to Khreshchatyk at Maidan, and later those who went to the assembly joined them. – EuroBelarus). This demonstration was designed to give at least some rights to Russian citizens in the regions. First people listened to some speeches near the Kiev City Hall, where I took the floor, too; after that people marched along Khreshchatyk, and later on people listened to speeches at Maidan Nezalezhnosti.

- Maidan was dispersed, tents were burned, but people still come there, don’t they?

- Maidan was cleaned several days ago. And when we organized the demonstration, people were trying to reach the microphone to tell what happened during the cleanup. By the way, there is a lot of militia, which is unusual for Kiev; documents are being checked all the time. According to our information, during the last few days about 60 people were arrested at Maidan.

The attitude of Kiev citizens to Maidan is absolutely different, as media mostly wrote negatively about it, from the position of those who ordered to clean it up. Mass media didn’t write about the injured from the tents that were burnt at night…

- I know that bodies of those killed in the battles with terrorists at the east of Ukraine are brought to Maidan…

- Basically everyday the bodies of men killed during the anti-terror operation are brought to Maidan. For instance, during the “Siberian march”, absolutely unexpectedly for us a microbus with a body of the fighter arrived, and to get this body from the terrorists, people had to fight for several days…

Unfortunately, such news happen almost every day… Let me add that Kiev citizens do a lot to support the fighters that are combating Russian invasion. Almost every day organizations and people send food and ammunition for Ukrainian soldiers to the east.

However, the situation is very difficult, and Kiev citizens have lots of questions to the governmental officials. Several days ago “Right sector” made an ultimatum with the demand to dismiss the first Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Evdokimov, claiming that the management of the department is supporting separatists. And this demand is basically satisfied: the minister submitted the documents that are required to dismiss the subordinate to the cabinet of ministers.

We also help Ukrainians as much as we can, as our organization has an office in Kiev, which is now used to helping fugitives from the east of Ukraine. There are a lot of fugitives in Kiev now; last week about 80 thousand of them were officially registered. Most of them come from Lugansk and Donetsk regions, which are now occupied by the terrorists.

I can’t say exactly how many of them went through my office, as this building also belongs to our partners, who are now fighting at the east…

The main goal of Vladimir Putin now is by any means support terrorists, who fight against Ukraine. He is intending at destabilizing Ukraine and depriving it of the possibility for development. I link the so-called “Putin’s humanitarian convoy” with the desire to continue the war.

I am very afraid that these resources are not some humanitarian help, but the possibility to provide terrorists with as much weaponry as possible. As the only source of weapon for them is Vladimir Putin and Russia. Without this support, the war in Donbas would have stopped long time ago. Sadly, a lot of people die there. And I am very skeptical about the official numbers regarding the injured and the dead.

- Are the figures understated on purpose?

- There are much more people who died at the east of Ukraine! Even from what I personally know, official figures are the lowest of all that can possibly be. But even they are dreadful…

The situation is very tragic, as by using terrorists in Donbas Russia is leading its war against Ukraine. Martial law is not introduced in Ukraine, and if the international community doesn’t apply some drastic actions against the aggressor, the war can be delayed for a long time. Putin has enough resources to support the terrorists.

The forecasts that are available in Ukraine now – that the anti-terror operation is to end this autumn – won’t come true. We need to understand one simple thing: either some adequate measures against the Evil Empire and Putin in particular are introduced, or the Third World War begins. As this conflict in Donbas is very dangerous for all international community, and back in time such clashed led to world wars.

Let me recall that this summer we commemorated the centenary of the World War I, which started from the shot in Sarajevo. 1 September 75 years will pas since the beginning of the World War II, which started from the aggression of the Nazi Germany against Poland. And I am very afraid that the actions that the democratic West didn’t take might lead to the unleashing of the World War III by Vladimir Putin. As by the “Russian world” Putin means all countries where a Russian soldier stepped into at least once. 

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