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Defense Minister: Ukrainian Armed Forces not involved in political rallies in Kyiv

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Dec. 13, 2013, 9:33 a.m. | Ukraine — by Interfax-Ukraine

The Ukrainian Armed Forces are involved neither in political rallies in Kyiv and nor in financial and technical support of these demonstrations, Ukrainian Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev said.
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The Ukrainian Armed Forces are involved neither in political rallies in Kyiv and nor in financial and technical support of these demonstrations, Ukrainian Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev said.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces are a state institution whose assignment is to defend Ukraine, to protect its sovereignty, inviolability of territory, and integrity. According to the provisions of the Constitution, the Ukrainian Armed Forces cannot be used to limit rights and freedoms of citizens or with the purpose of overthrowing the constitutional order in the country, removing the authorities or obstructing their activities," the Defense Ministry press office quoted Lebedev as saying on Thursday.

According to Article 17 and Article 37 of the Ukrainian Constitution, the participation of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in domestic political fights is absolutely out of question, the minister said.

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