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Former Ukrainian PM to head shadow government

Former Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov, who had to escape from Ukraine during the Maidan protests in 2014: "The circumstances and conditions could be ripe for forming the government in exile".

Published: January 9, 2017, 10:00 am

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister, Nikolai Azarov, told Russian news agency TASS that an application will be made to international courts to recognise the Maidan event as a coup. Azarov and other elected politicians had to leave Ukraine during the popular unrest supported by the West in 2014. He is today head of the Committee for the Salvation of Ukraine.

    After the ruling by a Moscow court, which has recognized the 2014 events in Ukraine as a coup, he expressed hope that the Ukrainian courts will consider the lawsuit.

    According to Azarov, the formation of the Ukrainian government in exile is possible if necessary conditions prevail.

    “The circumstances and conditions could be ripe for forming the government in exile. These conditions need to be ripe in Ukraine itself in the first place. When the ruling elite, which seized the power illegally, is no longer unable to perform its functions, and the people demand an alternative government, then such conditions will appear,” he explained.

    According to the judgement, handed down by Moscow’s Dorogomilovsky District Court, the support of the unconstitutional coup in Ukraine by the US and the EU led to a rift in society and the subsequent armed conflict.

    Protests in Kiev’s central Independence Square broke out in late 2013, because an association agreement with the European Union to examine the deal had been stalled.

    This move sparked mass riots, known as Euromaidan, which eventually led to a coup in February 2014, ousting the president and forcing him to flee from Ukraine.

    In 2014, more than 80 people were killed in Kiev in just two days in February. Hundreds were wounded. Twenty died later in hospital. Among those killed and wounded were officers of the Berkut special police force who were accused of shooting at protesters, TASS reported.

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