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Duma to react to May 9 incident in Lviv (updated)

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May 10, 2011, 1:59 p.m. | Russia and former Soviet Union — by Interfax-Ukraine

UKRAINE, LVIV : Policemen surround a memorial complex “Glory Hill” during the Victory Day celebration marking the anniversary of the end of WWII in Lviv on May 9, 2011.
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Moscow, May 10 (Interfax) - On Wednesday the State Duma is planning to issue a statement regarding the events that occurred in Lviv on May 9. At a Duma plenary session on Tuesday, House Speaker Boris Gryzlov instructed three relevant committees to draft the statement.

"I instructed three committees - for CIS affairs, veterans and international affairs - to prepare a statement over the rowdy behavior by Lviv nationalists and to discuss it at a plenary session tomorrow," Gryzlov said.

On May 9 nationalists seized a wreath from Russian diplomats on the way to the Hill of Glory in Lviv and crushed the wreath that Russian Consul General Oleg Astakhov was going to lay at a military cemetery.

Also, veterans and representatives from public organizations, who were present at the Hill of Glory, were attacked by nationalists who tried to disrupt the festivities. Nationalists also clashed with police.
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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 2:59 p.m.    

The Russian diplomats did not have any business in Lviv and the DUMA has nothing to discuss. Lucky it was only the wreath that got crush and not the big head of Astakhov.

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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 3:04 p.m.    

The whole incident in Lviv was a well planned provocation by the Russian fascists in Lviv with the support of the Militia under the control of Crimean Land Boss and Interior Minister Mogylov!

The poor boys who were protecting Ukrainian peace that was written in the court order were cannon fodder for over zealous police who shot at innocent bystanders rather than keep the Russian fascist demonstrators under control.

The Russian FSB along with the Moscow Patriarch Kyryl are doing their bit to destabilize Ukraine.

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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 3:44 p.m.    

interesting twist of news..

in UK where I live the national paper daily mail shows a different story.. has pictures of a man in suit shooting at Ukrainians (one bystander was shot in the leg) objecting to russians who deliberately came to provoke the local people.. needless to say the locals soon over powered him and he was injured while resisting arrest.

Chatting with people I know in Ukraine I note that this news is not been shown on eastern Ukrainian news..

state censorship and typical arse kissing to the kremlin by yanu and co.

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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 5:26 p.m.    

On 16 December, the Russian diplomat said that the Ukrainian language was brought to Western Ukraine by Bolsheviks, and Ukraine was established by Austria, to detach it from Russia”. “Russia should immediately carry out literacy campaign among its diplomats on the history of the peoples in whose countries they represent the Russian Federation, as a savage ignorance of Russian diplomatic representatives sometimes shocking,”

What do Russian diplomats expect in return? You can't hide forever behind the walls of consulate and spew xenophobic garbage!!!

What would Russians do if Ukrainian diplomat in Russia uttered anything remotely?

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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 8:45 p.m.    

They should be called DUPA.

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Anonymous May 10, 2011, 10:11 p.m.    

Thank God for the youth of Ukraine. They are the leaders of the future.

Mnohaya Lita!

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Anonymous May 11, 2011, 1:01 a.m.    

Ukrainians in the west are increasing in population and the Russian east is collapsing from Sumy to Donetsk. Its only a matter of time that Ukraine reclaims itself.

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Anonymous May 11, 2011, 12:56 a.m.    

Moscow's duma has no authority to call the shots in Ukraine.

A person was SHOT by a communist, they do not care.

Someone took a ribbon from someone - outrage!

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Anonymous May 11, 2011, 1:01 a.m.    

Russia is going downhill fast, so its no surprise the Duma wants to draw attention to such matters.

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