Maidan Self-Defense Becoming a “United Revolutionary Army” – February 7, 2014

Radio Svoboda

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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2 comments on “Maidan Self-Defense Becoming a “United Revolutionary Army” – February 7, 2014
  1. Andriy says:

    Dear foreign journalists! Please make a pressure upon your governments and state authorities. Unfortunately we can see that interest in Europe to the events in Ukraine is decreasing. In case of sanctions against at least one of Ukrainian oligarchs or ministers our way to freedom and democracy will become irreversible. A lot of powerful persons in Ukraine just wait for external signal. Ask (or demand) your governments to provide sanctions!

    Please, we really need your help!

    Free Ukrainian citizen.

  2. […] the occupied areas and guarding all entryways with clubs and other weapons. Their commander called for the expansion of this force to 30,000–40,000 people from across the nation. […]

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