Poroshenko puts in operation NSDC’s decision over “Russia’s aggression”

From Channel 97.org

The cabinet of ministers of Ukraine is ordered to take a number of urgent measures to overcome the consequences of the situation in Donbas and recognise the DNR/LNR as terrorists.


Petro Poroshenko signed the decree on putting in operation the decision of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC) of January 25, 2015 “On Emergency Measures of Countering Russian Threat and Manifestations of Terrorism Supported by the Russian Federation“, Liga.net cites a press release of the Ukrainian president’s press service.


In accordance with the NSDC’s decision, the cabinet of ministers of Ukraine is ordered to take urgent measures to provide aid to the people affected by terrorist attacks in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, first of all to civilians of Mariupol.


The government is instructed to elaborate a series of draft laws, particularly, on the improvement of composition, functions and powers of the Anti-Terrorist Centre under the aegis of the Security Service of Ukraine and the establishment of criminal responsibility for crimes against humanity.


The government with participation of the National Council of Ukraine on Television and Radio Broadcasting is instructed to take urgent measures on the termination of Russian informational aggression carried out by foreign and national media.


The government and local state administrations must determine and ensure the establishment of places for temporary deployment of people evacuated from certain territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions within two weeks.


The Security Service of Ukraine is instructed to intensify informational and explanatory work to neutralise dangerous influence of Russia on socio-political situation in Ukraine and its certain regions; organise timely and comprehensive informing of the people in Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhya, Luhansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kharkiv, Kherson regions and the city of Kyiv about the order of actions in conditions of terrorist attack threat, particularly, through the creation of respective websites and social media pages with local executive government within two weeks.


The Ministry of the Interior must immediately increase control over the compliance with the order of registration of the place of living and the place of residence of Ukrainian citizens, foreigners and stateless persons.


The State Fiscal Service together with the State Service of Financial Monitoring was instructed to immediately take efficient measures to identify and eliminate terrorist financing channels.


The NSDC offered the National Commission responsible for the state control over the energy and housing sectors and the state-owned company Energorynok to take measures to stop deals on the electrical energy market with the plants that produce electrical energy in the temporally uncontrolled territories.


Heads of Donetsk and Luhansk Regional State Administrations are instructed to immediately take comprehensive measures to ensure the functioning of critical infrastructure of inhabited localities situated in the controlled territories; and measures to enhance the personnel provision of regional state administrations.


The NSDC also offered the Prosecutor General of Ukraine to take steps on the recognition of the so called “DPR” and “LPR” as terrorist organisations.


The National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine held a special meeting on February 18 and adopted decisions to response to the occupation of Debaltseve by militants and Russian forces and the violation of the Minsk agreements.


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Ukraine: “Emergency measures” to build totalitarian state

Posted on Strategic Culture Foundation, February 23, 2015
By Alexander Donetsky

It took 16 hours of hard work to reach and sign the February 12 Minsk agreement on Ukraine. Five days later the 13-point accord was endorsed by the United Nations Security Council. On February 20, Ukrainian President Poroshenko signed a decree on the introduction of the National Security Council decision of 25 January «On emergency measures against the Russian threat and terrorist attack supported by the Russian Federation».

The classified provisions of the document prevent from coming up with a detailed assessment of what the Kiev regime is going to do. No matter that, the part of the document which is open to public makes possible to trace the evolution of political regime in Ukraine.

Kiev has toughened the police control over the compliance with the order of registration of the place of living and the place of residence of Ukrainian citizens, foreigners and stateless persons in big cities, including the capital. The media censorship is going to be toughened. It was introduced on February 22 last year right after the coup to be called «a moratorium on criticism of government.» Practically all Russian TV channels are banned on Ukrainian soil. The Ukraine’s National Security and Defence Council is to take additional measures to prevent «unsanctioned» infiltration of information coming from Russia. It is done in violation of Annex 1 (Article 5) of the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 2022, (the «Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements») which says «Ensure pardon and amnesty by enacting the law prohibiting the prosecution and punishment of persons in connection with the events that took place in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine.» The National Security and Defence Council offers the Prosecutor General of Ukraine «to take steps on the recognition of the so called «DPR» and «LPR» as terrorist organisations.» Instead of introducing laws to prevent persecutions, the President instructs to persecute opponents – the Ukraine’s partners at the Minsk talks – not in Ukraine only but also across the world.

The presidential decree calls for toughening the economic blockade of the territories under the anti-government self-defence forces’ control, in particular it orders the implementation of measures to stop deals on the electrical energy market with the plants that produce electrical energy in Novorossia. This provision is in strict violation of Article 8 of the Annex I, which envisions «Definition of modalities of full resumption of socioeconomic ties, including social transfers such as pension payments and other payments (incomes and revenues, timely payments of all utility bills, reinstating taxation within the legal framework of Ukraine).»

There have been multiple violations of signed accords on the part of Ukraine pretty soon after they were reached, sometimes in a few hours. That’s what happened after reaching the accords on gas deals and proclaimed cease-fires in the area of conflict, as well as after the «Normandy format» talks in June 2014.

There have been leaks on the classified provisions of the document. Two Ukrainian news websites posted publications informing about the January 25 meeting of the National Security and Defence Council. In a few minutes they were deleted as a result of censorship but copies were posted to social networks. It has become known that tougher measures against the «fifth column» to include anyone whose opinion differs from the one of the government were part of the meeting’s agenda. Total control over Internet, cable TV and press is under consideration, as well as the steps to repress the citizens spreading around «antigovernment» information up to physical elimination of «state enemies.» 

The «emergency measures to counter the Russian threat» started to be implemented right after the presidential February 20 decree was signed. The next day the Ukraine’s Security Service recommended to strip 115 Russian news outlets of accreditation at state power bodies in Ukraine. Actually they are strictly banned from highlighting what happens in the country. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin called this decision absurd and absolutely ungrounded. Ukrainian MP Victoria Siumar has many times demanded Russian TV channels and films banned. This encroachment on freedom of speech was explained by the fact that Ukrainian journalists asked to pay attention to the fact that Russian reporters were actually involved in propaganda efforts, for instance, they allegedly recorded Ukrainian politicians to temper with or alter the recorded materials afterwards and thus distort the information. The absurdity mentioned by Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Karasin is added by the fact that Victoria Siumar heads the Committee on Freedom of Speech and Information Policy.

Ukraine has become closer to becoming a repressive police state which has been clamping down on freedom of speech since the time of last year’s coup. Today it can be said that the process is finished. A totalitarian model to control the country’s life is about to come in full swing.