Facebook Status Update by Vitaly Klim, Kyiv, April 28, 2014 (Translation by William Risch, Georgia College)
Donbas Self Defense Battalion forces demand that Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov arm patriots, or they will arm themselves!
Open Appeal to Minister of Internal Affairs Arsen Avakov.
“The problem where a great deal of Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) personnel in Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts are not fulfilling their duties is steadily getting worse. Allowing separatists into administration buildings; journeys by their leaders from Donetsk to ‘blockaded’ Sloviansk’; tacitly allowing the ‘seizure’ of the Mariupol City Council and the Donetsk TV Center; nonchalant policemen not paying attention to the seizure of Horlivka council deputy Volodymyr Rybak right under their noses; the murders and beatings of people at meetings; and seizing journalists, SBU personnel, military servicemen, and finally the commander of the Luhansk MVD battalion – all of this signals that a disease has spread too far and cannot be cured by therapeutic means. We, the volunteers of the Donetsk Oblast defense battalion, have been trying to receive permission to use weapons. We have not been given this permission, our soldiers do not have enough legally-owned weapons, and separatists calmly register themselves as official organizations for maintaining law and order. They receive permission literally from day to day.
We have been catching red-handed people who have been getting ready to seize foreign journalists. We have presented photo and video materials of a man who had been convicted several times, on whom ‘nothing sticks,’ whom the SBU had detained several times, who’s been released within a few hours each time.
“Does the MVD understand that it’s turning the situation in the East into a civil war? We simply are forced to take weapons for ourselves and start the practice of taking hostages to exchange seized ‘bait’ for our patriots. Regarding policemen who defend and aid bandits and terrorists, we will respond to them accordingly.
“We call on you to involve Ukrainian patriots extensively to resolve this situation, help establish volunteer formations, coordinate our activities with those of the National Guard, and immediately give us arms. Coordinate our activities, without local institutions’ involvement. Conduct a quick rotation of MVD personnel in the East, replacing traitors with patriots, even if they have to come within police ranks. Arrange the formation of MVD battalions in other oblasts, cutting the number of bureaucratic procedures that have become senseless in this situation. If you don’t do this today, tomorrow it will be too late.”
As unn.com.ua reported, there are about 40 people who are prisoners of the extremists, including Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) representatives. This morning, the city police station and the city council building in Konstantynovka were seized, people armed with grenade launchers have appeared at separatist checkpoints, and last night there had been two attempts to seize the airport in Kramatorsk.