… by Russia Today, Moscow
[ Editors Note: We had written here a few days ago that how toughly the Kiev Coup government dealt with the Right Sector would be a balance between their usefulness in having run the old regime out of the country and whether the Western powers gave the nod for crackdown that could trigger a civil war for a while.
That is happening now with the EU’s Ashton formal calls for their disarming. They will refuse of course, and that will make for an eventual showdown. If Kiev cannot defend the country against organized crime it is obvious that it will be a black hole for any Western aide. Of course the coup itself was an organized political crime by the West.
Reports are coming in of the Right Sector having looted properties it was assigned to protect. And there was a recent shooting on the streets of Kiev where the deputy mayor was wounded and the shooter is holed up in the Right Sector hotel base being protected by the other members. This might be the straw to break their back.
The interior minister that they want dismissed has them surrounded with his police. Once they are disarmed the witnesses will begin coming forward about their depredations and more arrests will follow.
The Right Sector will respond with political assassination and bombings, and that will trigger an all out war to wipe them out and chase the remnants off to Chechnya, and the sooner the better… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published March 29, 2014 –
The lawless actions of Ukraine’s nationalists have finally caught attention of the intl community, with EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton denouncing Right Sector for its ‘pressure’ and ‘undemocratic’ demand of the interior minister’s resignation.
A day after neo-Nazi activists who helped bring the acting government in Kiev to power turned against it, Ashton has issued a statement condemning the “pressure by activists of the Right Sector who have surrounded the building of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.”
This “intimidation” the EU foreign policy chief believes, stands against all “democratic principles and rule of law,” as Ashton called on the ultra-right group “to refrain from the use or threat of violence.” Ashton stressed the need to “hand over any unauthorised arms to the authorities immediately.”
At the same time she welcomed the “impartial and credible investigation into the circumstances of the death of Aleksandr Muzychko,” whose death in a police shootout led to the latest showdown outside the parliament in Kiev.
The US Embassy in Kiev and the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine also issued a statement ‘condemning’ the Right Sector tactics at the Verkhovna Rada.
“We welcome the statements of Pravy Sector’s leadership that they intend to keep their actions ‘within the framework of the law.” We urge all political forces to distance themselves from extremists, who undermine the efforts to stabilize Ukraine and to protect its sovereignty,” the joint statement read.
On Wednesday night, several hundred neo-Nazi activists from the Right Sector and their supporters besieged the parliament building, pressuring lawmakers to sack the newly appointed Interior Minister Arsen Avakov. The Right Sector believes that Avakov is personally responsible for ordering what they call a political assassination of one of their leader, Aleksandr Muzychko, who was killed in a special operation in a city of Rovno on Tuesday.
Avakov said that he is ready to resign if ordered, but wondered what would happen to Ukraine if he does.
“Resigning is not a problem for me, it wasn’t three days ago, it isn’t now. I can do it immediately. The problem is, what direction will the country take in this case. We will move toward acting like the victorious gangs in Somalia, or we move in the direction of order? I prefer order,” Inter-fax quotes him as saying.