Address of the Head of Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Parliament) Oleksandr Turchynov to the People of Ukraine
22 February 2014 18:06

Dear compatriots!



Ukraine has just lived through the most glorious and the most tragic moments in its modern history. We have impressed the whole world with our powerful peaceful actions for the protection of our rights and freedoms and our own European choice. In this fight we have stuck together and became stronger as a modern political nation. But we have paid an extremely high price for the victory over dictatorship. Instead of listening to and considering legitimate and fair requirements of the society, the criminal and bloody regime of Yanukovych was brutally and cold-bloodedly killing and crippling civilians. According to the official and shocking data of the Ministry of Health Care, at least 88 have died. Let us honor their bright memory with a nation-wide minute’s silence.

The unseen cruelty and atrocity of the dictatorship regime did not stop the citizens. They have selflessly protected their rights and won at the expense of their lives. The bloody regime has fallen due to courage, heroism and self-sacrifice of the Maydan heroes.

In view of the Yanukovych’s escape from the capital and the fact that he has actually withdrawn himself from performing the constitutional powers, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has assumed full responsibility for the situation in the country; dismissed Yanukovych from office; and set early elections of the President of Ukraine for May, 25, 2014.

Thereat, with the constitutional majority of votes, the Parliament has resumed the Constitution in the version of 2004 that was illegally abolished by Yanukovych in 2010. We have limited the dictatorship powers of the Head of the state and returned to the parliamentary-presidential republic. On this basis, the new parliamentary majority that will form the new Government of Ukraine will be established in the nearest days. Until that time, the Verkhovna Rada has mandated me, as its Chairman, to coordinate the work of the Cabinet of Ministers in the condition when the significant majority of government officials have vanished.

The Constitution in the renewed version of 2004 stipulates that under the absence of the President his duties shall be performed by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada. Under present circumstances, this is necessary for resuming functioning of the executive power and holding fair and transparent elections of the President.

In order to secure order, the Verkhovna Rada has appointed the acting Minister of Internal Affairs and authorized persons over the activity of the Prosecutor’s Office, the Defence Ministry and the Security Service. It means that the powers of structure no longer threaten life, health and safety of the citizens of Ukraine.

Our primarily task for today is to stop confrontation, resume control and order in the country; bring special units and internal forces to the places of their temporary deployment; guarantee peace and calm; prevent new victims, local confrontation and mob punishment. We have to toughly resist any manifestations of separatism and attacks on the territorial integrity of Ukraine.

There is no sense in telling about the situation in the economy – you can feel it with your own pockets. It is difficult to call things left by Yanukovych and Azarov even a ruin. On the background of recovery in the global economy, the Ukrainian one goes down the drain and is in the pre-default condition. Recovery of economy is the mission of a new governmental team that will be finally formed after the presidential elections. The task of a new Government is to stop county’s sliding into the abyss; stabilize exchange rate; guarantee timely payment of salaries, pensions, scholarships; return the trust of investors; promote development of enterprises; and create new workplaces.

Our another priority lies in returning to the course of European integration. This is where Maydan has begun. We have to return to the family of European countries.

We realize the importance of relations with the Russian Federation and we are ready for a dialogue with Russian leadership in order to build relations with this county on a new, really equal and neighborhood basis that recognizes and considers the European choice of Ukraine.

I hope that this is the choice that will be upheld during the presidential elections on May 25, 2014. We guarantee: these elections will fully correspond to the highest European standards. They will be free and fair. Everyone will have the right to freely make his/her choice and elect a decent, at his/her opinion, President of Ukraine.

I would like to separately address those compatriots who voted for Yanukovych during the elections, those who have become disillusioned, and those who still remain his sympathizers. Do not consider his as your personal failure that ended with a bloody drama, as your defeat! He has first of all betrayed you, those who believed in his “better life already today”. I hope that the majority of you have already seen the television images of Mezhyhirya, which is open now, and have realized what for this person has needed the post of a president. I believe that you will find a decent candidacy during free and democratic elections, and we will do everything possible to guarantee and protect your choice.

I would like to repeat what I have said during my election: I did not strife for these posts and powers and after the executive power is resumed I am ready to resign immediately. As the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada I will do my best to preserve order, peace, harmony in Ukraine in order to return our country to the democratic an European way of development.

Glory to Ukraine! Glory to heroes!

Outdated Browser
Для комфортної роботи в Мережі потрібен сучасний браузер. Тут можна знайти останні версії.
Outdated Browser
Цей сайт призначений для комп'ютерів, але
ви можете вільно користуватися ним.
67.15%
людей використовує
цей браузер
Google Chrome
Доступно для
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux
9.6%
людей використовує
цей браузер
Mozilla Firefox
Доступно для
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux
4.5%
людей використовує
цей браузер
Microsoft Edge
Доступно для
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
3.15%
людей використовує
цей браузер
Доступно для
  • Windows
  • Mac OS
  • Linux