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Wednesday, 14 February, 2001, 01:52 GMT
Ukraine's leaders appeal to the nation
Ukraine President Leonid Kuchma
President Kuchma hits out at his critics
Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, Supreme Council Chairman Ivan Plyushch and Prime Minister Viktor Yushchenko issued an appeal to the nation on Ukraine TV on Tuesday. The following are excerpts from the appeal:

An unprecedented political campaign featuring a psychological war has been unleashed against our state...


The current events in Ukraine stand out by their cynicism and disrespect for moral norms

They are instigating an atmosphere of hysteria and psychosis, hoping to put out of balance the legitimate state institutions and achieve power at any cost.

This time, the disappearance of journalist Georgiy Gongadze and the so-called tape scandal have been used as a reason for social disruption.

The instances of unprofessional conduct in the investigation into the case of Gongadze are obvious and regrettable...

Nazi tactics

On the other hand, we strongly disagree and will never accept turning this tragedy into a joker card in cynical political speculations and using it in order to defame our country in the eyes of the Ukrainian and the global community...


A Ukrainian brand of National Socialism

Dirty techniques are not rare in the current world which is characterized by tough methods of political struggle.

But even against such a background, the current events in Ukraine stand out by their cynicism and disrespect for moral norms...

It is enough to simply take a closer look at their symbols and slogans, the attributes they use in the theatrical political shows in order to see that we are facing a Ukrainian brand of National Socialism.


Such attempts will meet an active and resolute counter-action

Recently, a National Salvation Forum has appeared, based on unknown foundations, and has been widely publicized.

We state that in the interest of citizens, society and the state, such attempts will meet an active and resolute counter-action with the use of all the means that are envisaged in the law.

No-one should have any illusions with regard to this.

Anarchy, arbitrary action and unlawfulness will not be allowed!...

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