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Oksana Forostyna on the situation in Ukraine: 'Ukraine was hijacked'

posted 23 Jan 2014, 10:18 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 23 Jan 2014, 10:22 ]
22 January 2014

My European and American friends,

I know that you follow the news from Ukraine, and you have the picture. However, I'd like to tell you you how it concerns you.

Ukraine was hijacked. You may remember Flight 93, the only aircraft that didn't reach its target during September 11 attacks: the hijackers headed to Washington, presumably to destroy White House or Capitol Building, but passengers tried to stop them, and it crashed in Pennsylvania. Today we, Ukrainians, are trying to gain control over terror in our country. 

We are hijacked plane. We may crash. If so, you're the next. 

Either Yanukovych is just a paranoiac gangster, or manipulated by Kremlin, or both, doesn't matter. If we fail, Ukraine is a Putin's trophy. Ukrainian spoils will encourage Kremlin to become more impudent in achieving its goals. Your borders will not be violated, but your politicians and institutions will face shameless attempts to corrupt and to blackmail them. Your countries will not be the same anymore. Today we stand for Ukraine, and we also stand for your countries. 

Police shot activist Serhiy Nihoyan today. Ihor Lutsenko, one of the Maidan leaders, a public person, had been kidnapped and severely beaten yesterday. Ask your representatives, are they still going to «express deep concern»? 

People in Kyiv, young and old, wealthy and poor, students and managers, have to patrol the center of the capital at nights because Yanukovych regime brought paid gangs to terrify people on the streets around Maidan and to discourage them to join protesters. You may think it's the job of police to protect citizens from the gangs. In Ukraine police protects these gangs, and citizens join to patrol the city. 

I'm 35. Almost all my life I was bitter about us, Ukrainians, being not like Europeans, or Americans. Today I'm bitter about Westerners being not like brave people on Maidan barricades.

Oksana Forostyna