Kyiv protesters demand probe of 'separatism' by Crimean parliament

7 February 2014 12:10

Several hundred protesters were rallying in front of the building of the Ukrainian Security Service in Kyiv on Friday. 

The protesters were demanding that the Ukrainian Security Service probe the "separatist statements made by the Parliament of Crimea," abductions of people, and politically motivated persecution of opposition activists, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

The activists were holding state flags of Ukraine and flags of the Batkivschyna, UDAR, and Svoboda parties. They also had a vehicle with sound-enhancing equipment.

As reported, MP of Crimea Vladimir Klychnikov made suggestions to amend constitutions of Ukraine and Crimea and conduct an all-Crimean poll on the status of Crimea.

Speaker of the Parliament Vladimir Konstantinov supported the proposal.

Another MP of Crimea, Sergey Tsekov initiated the appeal to the Russian Federation for support, assistance and protection. “Crimea is a Russian autonomy, Russian by nationality, language, culture… Our guarantor and protector is the Russian Federation only,” – said Tsekov.