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Even Ukraine’s own diplomat blasts Yanukovych government

February 24th, 2014
03:11 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

With surprisingly undiplomatic frankness, Ukrainian Ambassador to the U.N. Yuriy Sergeyev criticized the man who just days ago was President of his country, Viktor Yanukovych.

“The main direction is to be associated with European Union,” Sergeyev told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour from New York. “This is what the previous government and the president tried to [persuade] the population, and they betrayed [them].”

He was referring to the sudden decision by Yanukovych last November to call off a trade deal with the European Union. That move set off months of protests and ultimately the removal of the president.

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During the protests, Sergeyev said, Yanukovych was presented as a “pure Christian,” visiting churches and “praying for the people.”

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“But as we know now,” Sergeyev said, “he prayed for them but did absolutely different.”

“He thought about only his [wealth]. He collected luxury cars in an amount comparable to Brezhnev,” he said, referring to Leonid Brezhnev, former head of the Soviet Communist Party.

This weekend, Ukrainians were treated to a rare glimpse inside Yanukovych’s abandoned and opulent residence.

“I used to work, and I keep working, for the state and for the people, not for the leaders and the governments,” Sergeyev said.

The said that the country is not nearly as divided as many suggest.

“They don’t want any civil war; people want to be united,” he said. “We are for sure with Europe, but we should have a good neighborhood relations with Russia as well.”

“Now it is not logical to divide Ukraine either to Europe or to Russia.”


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  1. Terence Hale

    Hi,
    Hi,
    Even Ukraine’s own diplomat blasts Yanukovych government. Such is not surprising as the new government, whoever it is said anybody having contact with the old government has no place in Ukraine politics. The investment of Germany in the name of the EU but not the EU is considerable. A conflict of interest between America and Germany will result.

    February 24, 2014 at 3:58 pm | Reply
    • volya

      We, Ukrainian , appeal to the UN to all democratic forces ! We – not fighters ! Ukrainian grandfather's great-grandfather of fighting for their freedom, the right to live in the historic land of their ancestors, speak their language . Deeply revered historical and spiritual heritage of Ukraine , culture and national traditions of the Ukrainian people. Always proud that Ukraine is a multinational , along with live Ukrainian Russians, Poles , Georgians , Armenians , Jews , Tatars , Moldovans and other ethnic groups . Ukraine has always ruled the world. Yanukovych broke this balance . He and supporters of the Kremlin usurped all power . In the eastern Ukraine and Crimea regions began mass created pro-Russian organizations . Ukrainian language ousted from all areas of use. Ukrainians not only caught up in the backyard. Kremlin agents miscall Ukrainian fascists banderivtsivtsyamy " brown plague " extremists and terrorists. We believe Yanukovych traitor who sold Putin and Ukraine vv'yazav Ukrainian nation in a war with Russia ! Putin away from UKRAINE ! Crimea – Ukraine it !

      March 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm | Reply
      • volya

        The UN, the U.S., Canada , Britain , the European Union ! Moscow has never recognized the independence of Ukraine and openly promoted its supremacy over ethnic Ukrainian . Not recognized by the Ukrainian right to have their own state, their own language , creed free . MP declares that Ukraine – the historic land of Rus , Kyiv – the capital cities Russians, Russians , Belarusians and Ukrainian – the only Ruthenian people who share a language and Russian Orthodoxy under the MP. With the arrival of the East, South and Crimea created Ruski centers, pro- nationalist organizations that do not recognize the state as the state language , Ukrainian symbols and Ukraine as a state. Those who defended the idea of ​​statehood and Ukrainian language Putin and Yanukovych were seen as terrorists and " brown plague ". Yanukovych uzurpuvalasya full power. Ukrainian language vytisnylasya Russian. Kremlin has actively started to implement the program of the division of the Ukrainian nation into two hostile camps. But Yevomaydan united all Ukrainian . Ukrainian – YEDAYTESYA ! Putin – away from Ukraine !

        March 2, 2014 at 4:51 am |
  2. Dimitris Gr.Stravolemos

    anevakos!new!press!! Απλές-σκέψεις Comment: O Διπλωμάτης τασσεται καί εκφράζεται " Ειμαστε μέ τήν Ευρώπη" Τήν ειρηνική ενότητα τής ουκρανίας."οχι εμφύλιο,οχι διχοτόμηση " &! Δέν είναι λογικό η Διαίρεσή της . " Ευρώπη / Ρωσία." Καί καλές σχέσεις γειτνίασης μέ τή Ρωσία.

    February 24, 2014 at 4:19 pm | Reply
  3. Simon Reez

    This diplomat is just an opportunist. He was silent all through the struggle so as not to lose his job. Now that he has see on which side the power has fallen he is making lots of noise.

    February 24, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Reply
    • george

      Absolutely correct Simon Reez, absolutely correct

      February 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      He is half himself and he is half a mouthpiece. Somebody could be talking through him. No?

      February 25, 2014 at 2:10 am | Reply
  4. Sandra Sanchez

    Bashar Al Jafaari, Assad Ambassador to the U.N., still justifies the mass murder and genocide against the Syrian people committed by his master Chemical Assad; both criminals should be brought to justice.

    February 24, 2014 at 5:44 pm | Reply
    • george

      Dear Sandra Sanchez

      The last time I checked who did what in Syria , it was INt Spiegel, UN, Guardian. Ny Times , You tube, etc etc who said BOTH sides committed atrocities

      February 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm | Reply
      • Clavers

        There are three sides in the Syrian civil war, not just two: the Assad regime, the Islamists, and the pro-democracy revolutionaries.

        Assad is trying to pretend that all his opponents are Islamists.

        March 3, 2014 at 8:00 am |
  5. georgiatbilisi

    slava ukraine

    February 24, 2014 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  6. Frank

    Well the president is elected to make national policy decisions, so if the people want Ukrain to be more pro-EU, then elect a pro-EU guy at the next election. This is how democracy works.

    February 24, 2014 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • Пупсик (ЛУИ)

      На пендосовские бабки скинули законного президента, всем платили по 70 гривен в час за то, что они будут в масовке... Позже стянулись на майдан фашисты, ЛГБТ, гопота и прочие сатанисты... Жгли живьем сотрудников Беркута, пытали... Русских забивали насмерть- вот ана демократия по Пиндосски. Куча вонючего вещества взяла власть на Украине при поддержке сатанистов из США и ЕС... Янукович отстранился от власти чтобы спасти своих граждан от гибели. Пусть хавно возьмет верх- но зато простые люди будут жить...
      На выборах нечисть подтасует результаты... Украина в анусе!!!

      February 25, 2014 at 2:30 am | Reply
      • alexopole

        False. You will go under fire for $ 10?

        February 28, 2014 at 5:41 pm |
    • Clavers

      The trouble is, is will be very hard to run a proper election now with Russian troops occupying significant parts of the country.

      March 3, 2014 at 8:02 am | Reply
  7. Arnold Lockshin

    Forget about Yanu. He's a has-been, although it is positive that he opposes the eno-fascist coup that took place and the will not resign.

    The US – NATO have many snakes in the grass, waiting for the moment to twist the knife and curry favor with their foreign bosses. This "Ambassador" is one of those.

    "The main direction is to be associated with European Union," says this turncoat. But the "reforms" demanded by the US, the EU and IMF will pose unbearable hardships for the Ukrainian people.

    Arnold Lockshin, political exile from the US living in Moscow

    February 25, 2014 at 1:53 am | Reply
  8. the Truth

    is police was inder fire itself.
    just search on youtube for "Maidan shoot-out. Police was " or "Расстрел людей на майдане"
    and watchs at 18-19sec

    February 25, 2014 at 2:09 am | Reply
  9. RLTJ's

    He might be right. They could open relation with the west yet remain compatible with Moscow. The Chinese deal with the west. Everybody, except maybe Jung Un, deals with the west. Why cant they?

    February 25, 2014 at 2:14 am | Reply
  10. i am ukrainian

    The problem of Ukraine, just like many other countries nowadays, is that every politician elected to present interests of the nation is first concerned of his own prosperity rather then prosperity of the nation he suppose to serve. And to change a president or government is often not enough, the whole system should be changed, the mindset of politicians and governors should be changed. And this is the most challenging part as moral values and self interest are two main oppositions of an individual.

    February 25, 2014 at 2:19 am | Reply
  11. jack

    When there is tyranny in any form of government, corruption occurs. I pray for peace and unity in Ukraine where democracy prevails.

    February 26, 2014 at 12:57 pm | Reply
  12. yuri

    Ukraine could be very rich because people were smart and agriculture was perfect.
    But istead working hard Ukraine started a money game switching from Russia to Europe and back.
    A new govenment will not survive without a fast donation. Who can pay so much money without any chance to return? EU has own problems. Germans can't work so hard too long to survive other countries. Russia lost $3B from $15B. If Ukraine were smart it could take all $15B and after kick out Yanukovich through a legitime election and after go to EU. So we have to expect collapce of this government in end of March when gas pipe would be shut down.
    But money can be collected from the rich people like during October Revolution. It is very popular solution for poor people.
    So we have just one question. Who wil be a new Ukrainian tirane? A new Stalin or new Hitler?
    Because Ukraine is under nationalists second one would be preferable. They have a good ritoric, well-organized
    Sorry, guys. No choice. I cry. Kiev my Motherland.

    February 26, 2014 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  13. RLTJ's

    Viktor Yanukovych appers to be one product of former USSR experiment with capitalism. Individuals amassed fortune in the process of privatization. [by acting as sales agents in the sale of government owned corporations. Or, buying government owned corporations themselves at give-away prices, for example]

    Anyway, if they can prove the properties were ill-gotten wealth of Viktor Yanukovych then maybe they can use it as an official Presidential retreat house or something.

    Viktor Yanukovych openly promoted to everybody what the Ukrainian dream should be, actually. :-)

    February 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  14. volya

    We, Ukrainian , appeal to the UN to all democratic forces ! We – not fighters ! Ukrainian grandfather's great-grandfather of fighting for their freedom, the right to live in the historic land of their ancestors, speak their language . Deeply revered historical and spiritual heritage of Ukraine , culture and national traditions of the Ukrainian people. Always proud that Ukraine is a multinational , along with live Ukrainian Russians, Poles , Georgians , Armenians , Jews , Tatars , Moldovans and other ethnic groups . Ukraine has always ruled the world. Yanukovych broke this balance . He and supporters of the Kremlin usurped all power . In the eastern Ukraine and Crimea regions began mass created pro-Russian organizations . Ukrainian language ousted from all areas of use. Ukrainians not only caught up in the backyard. Kremlin agents miscall Ukrainian fascists banderivtsivtsyamy " brown plague " extremists and terrorists. We believe Yanukovych traitor who sold Putin and Ukraine vv'yazav Ukrainian nation in a war with Russia ! Putin away from UKRAINE ! Crimea – Ukraine it !

    March 1, 2014 at 5:19 pm | Reply
  15. volya

    Putin came to us with the sword, die by the sword!
    Glory to Ukraine!
    HEROES OF GLORY!

    March 1, 2014 at 5:23 pm | Reply
  16. volya

    The UN, the U.S., Canada , Britain , the European Union ! Moscow has never recognized the independence of Ukraine and openly promoted its supremacy over ethnic Ukrainian . Not recognized by the Ukrainian right to have their own state, their own language , creed free . MP declares that Ukraine – the historic land of Rus , Kyiv – the capital cities Russians, Russians , Belarusians and Ukrainian – the only Ruthenian people who share a language and Russian Orthodoxy under the MP. With the arrival of the East, South and Crimea created Ruski centers, pro- nationalist organizations that do not recognize the state as the state language , Ukrainian symbols and Ukraine as a state. Those who defended the idea of ​​statehood and Ukrainian language Putin and Yanukovych were seen as terrorists and " brown plague ". Yanukovych uzurpuvalasya full power. Ukrainian language vytisnylasya Russian. Kremlin has actively started to implement the program of the division of the Ukrainian nation into two hostile camps. But Yevomaydan united all Ukrainian . Ukrainian – YEDAYTESYA ! Putin – away from Ukraine !

    March 2, 2014 at 4:49 am | Reply
  17. Rocky IV

    someone who has been blaming Putin, did you ever thought to leave some space to him, i love Ukraine, but do you think it is really wise to drive Putin to the corner ?

    March 2, 2014 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  18. Rocky IV

    people in Ukraine , could you be more innocent? you really think you can develop a relationship with Russia , while you totally join EU or even Nato family? you can really think Putin will allow Nato's missile only 500km away from his bloody head? come on wake up , man, it is not a fantasy world, you got to learn to be realistic

    March 2, 2014 at 10:58 pm | Reply
  19. Nick

    It seems like there are a lots of divided communities among Ukrainian and the majority don't know what to do next.That's why Russia is taking a chance – knowing that it can do hocus pocus as the way it likes.Too bad!

    March 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm | Reply

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