City administrator Makeenko quits Party of Regions, pledges allegiance to people (VIDEO)

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Feb. 20, 2014, 2:10 p.m. | Ukraine — by Katya Gorchinskaya

Volodymyr Makeenko
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Katya Gorchinskaya has been the Kyiv Post's deputy chief editor since 2009 and is a contributor to The Wall Street Journal and other publications. Follow her on Twitter @kgorchinskaya.

 Kyiv City administrator Volodymyr Makeenko quit the Party of Regions and pledged allegiance to the people of Ukraine. In a strong-worded statement released on Youtube, he said no power is worth human victims, and called on parliament deputies to "stand as human shields" between two warring sides.

Makeenko was appointed by the president on Jan. 25 to replace Oleksandr Popov, who was accused of being a part of the command chain that gave orders to disperse a peaceful demonstration on Nov. 30. A loyal Party of Regions member until today, Makeenko has been a parliament deputy of all convocations of the Verkhovna Rada.

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