Ukraine minister in 'state of emergency' warning

"I will ask the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to impose the state of emergency," Justice Minister Olena Lukash warned protesters who occupied the ministry building.

Ukraine minister in 'state of emergency' warning

World Bulletin / News Desk

Ukraine’s Justice Minister Olena Lukash has threatened to call for a state of emergency if anti-government protesters, who occupied the Justice Ministry building on Sunday, do not withdraw.

Should the protesters refuse to leave, she will call on the National Security and Defense Council to interfere, she told state media.

"If the protesters do not leave the justice ministry building... I will ask the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine to impose the state of emergency," she told Inter TV.

"I would be forced to turn to the Ukrainian president with a request to stop the negotiations unless the justice ministry building is vacated without delay and the negotiators are given a chance to find a peaceful solution to the conflict," she added.

Protests erupted in Ukraine when the government decided to stall talks with the European Union. Life in Ukraine has been paralyzed by nationwide anti-government protests which spread out from the capital Kiev into other cities over the weekend, including the traditionally pro-Russian eastern provinces.

Ukrainian opposition leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk rejected President Yanukovych's offer to appoint him prime minister over the weekend, and instead called for early elections.

Last Mod: 27 Ocak 2014, 18:32
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