February 19, 2014 09:01
Yanukovych: opposition's call to arms crosses the line
KYIV. Feb 19 (Interfax) - The opposition leaders break the law by their call to arms and must face the court, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said.
"They crossed the line when they called to arms. This is a blatant violation of law. And lawbreakers must face the court, which will decide their punishment. This is not my whim but my duty as the guarantor of the constitution to keep peace in the country, tranquility of its citizens and justice for everyone," Yanukovych said in an address posted on his website early on Wednesday morning.
The Ukrainian president urged the opposition leaders to immediately distance themselves from radicalized forces, which had been provoking bloodshed and clashes with the police. "Or, if they do not wish to leave, admit their support to the radicals. But that would be quite another story," the president continued.
In the opinion of Yanukovych, the opposition leaders have neglected the main principle of democracy. One may come to power only at a polling station, but not in the street or square, he said.
"I told them more than once that the election was coming. If people have trust in you, you will take the office. If not, you will not. But either way has to be legal, consistent with the Ukrainian constitution," the president said.
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