Maidan Self-Defense Creating “United Revolutionary Army” for All of Ukraine
7 February 2014
(Translated from Ukrainian by William Risch)
The Maidan Self-Defense Council passed a resolution to create and expand its all-Ukrainian structure to all of Ukraine. The newly created structure is a nonpartisan movement that the National Resistance Headquarters in Kyiv will coordinate. Andriy Parubiy, commander of the Maidan and a Fatherland (Bat’kivshchyna) Party deputy in Parliament, announced this.
According to him, the main task of the all-Ukrainian self-defense structure is coordination of activities, mobilization of forces for Kyiv if necessary, and also defending local activists.
“We see a need to grow our ranks from 10,000 – 15,000 to 30,000 – 40,000, people who could come to Kyiv and oppose the regime effectively,” he said. “Thus, in coming days, our self-defense sotnyky and commanders will go out to the regions to coordinate the actions of all self-defense divisions and sotni that have already been established. And where they haven’t been established, they will establish them. We’re going beyond the barricades, because the Maidan is all of Ukraine.”
The sotni (made up of 80-150 people) will be the main base structure of self-defense forces, and they will be grouped by regions. They will be coordinated by a regional self-defense headquarters made up of a director, an assistant, and an executive committee.
“Self-defense is going on the offensive,” added Andriy Levus, assistant self-defense commander in charge of organizational matters. “From now on, self-defense will be resistance. We are preparing a resistance plan, one that is non-violent, but very active. We will resist local corruption, we will carry out an effective liustratsiia program (blacklisting of corrupt officials – BR), and we will wage our own informational war. We will have our own active revolutionary army. As of today, each self-defense fighter is not only a guard, but also a revolutionary political soldier.”
At present, self-defense is made up of 12,000 volunteers.
Earlier, on Thursday, Maidan Self-Defense brigades made a procession around the government offices’ district in Kyiv. They referred to their action as a warning.
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