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Apr 15, 2014, 07:15 pm

Yulia Tymoshenko: national resistance movement will coordinate with enforcement authorities

_apx8657.jpgPresidential candidate and leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko has announced that the headquarters of the Resistance Movement against Russian aggression has been staffed and an international fund set up to accept donations.

"All our actions are being coordinating with Ukraine’s law enforcement and power authorities. The resistance movement was created on the basis of current law and we will act only in accordance with the norms of Ukrainian law," Yulia Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Kyiv.

The leader of Batkivshchyna informed that the HQ will be staffed by former Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Oleksandr Skipalsky; Commander of the Berkut special unit of the Minister of Internal Affairs in Kyiv until 2005 Hennadiy Abramchuk; MP of the 4th Convocation of the Verkhovna Rada and General Director of UkrSpetsExport in 2005-2010, Hero of Ukraine Serhiy Bondarchuk; Head of the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense in 2003-2008 Oleksandr Halaka; Lieutenant General of the Main Intelligence Department of the Ministry of Defense Mykola Melnyk; and Head of the Coordination Center for Public Security of Ukraine Pavlo Poteretsky.

She said the HQ has given the government proposals for appointments to the Ministry of Defense that will be coordinating with the Resistance Movement. "We are forming three territorial defense brigades in the Kharkiv, Zaporizhzhya and Dnipropetrovsk oblasts and by midday tomorrow the HQ will provide the Ministry of Defense with proposed commanders," she added.

"A nationwide resistance movement is starting to work. To organize an extensive system, we need to address all the technical issues for organizing this movement. Therefore, today we are announcing the opening of an international fund that will accumulate financial resources to keep the resistance movement fully prepared to participate in special operations," the leader of Batkivshchyna announced.

She said the supervisory board will include people trusted by the whole country that are ready to guarantee transparency and proper use of collected funds. "We are convinced that the majority of citizens of Ukraine are ready to defend their homeland and these structures will be effective. There will be no strict centralization. There will be opportunity for self-government, like on Maidan, and the right to act as necessary according to the circumstances, but with complete coordination with the Ministry of Defense, Security Service of Ukraine and Ministry of Internal Affairs," she said.

The presidential candidate stressed that the mobilization units will be working out of the regional offices of Batkivshchyna. "I’m convinced that in a short period of time we can do serious mobilization and organizational work and help our power and law enforcement authorities protect Ukraine from occupation and any military aggression," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

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