Protesters try to storm Verkhovna Rada building

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Sept. 23, 2011, 3:12 a.m. | Ukraine — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Emergency workers who fought the blaze at the Chornobyl nuclear reactor and veterans of the 1979-89 Soviet-Afghan war break a police cordon near parliament in a Sept. 20 rally against Ukrainian authorities’ attempts to cut social benefits. Hundreds of Ukrainians, mostly veterans of the 1979-89 Soviet Afghan war, tried to storm into the Verkhovna Rada’s headquarters in Kyiv and scuffled with police. Lawmakers delayed action on the cuts in government benefits.
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Yuriy Onyshkiv

In the latest sign of rising social discontent, thousands of demonstrators stormed parliament this week and came surprisingly close to actually breaking in.
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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 6:23 a.m.    

send in Russian troops NOW to quell this rebellion of malcontents

if this was done under Kuchma there would NEVER have been an Orange Revolution

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 8:26 a.m.    

The Orange revolution was under Kuchma...

The revolution is dead. Long live the revolution!

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 8:22 a.m.    

you sound like the Tsar

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 8:32 a.m.    

The heroes of the Soviet Union should be respected. This should not be like Petrograd in 1917. If is done that way then history will once again be repeated.

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 10:32 a.m.    

when will these radical young people stop this nonsense, Oh wait a second these are old people who want to eat and have a life for defending their country. Looks like the POR is not discriminating when they decide to make groups of people's lives worse.

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 10:43 a.m.    

Only one way to solve it, give more state owned assets to the Oligarchs, they have proven in 20 years that they are productive members of society and job creators. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 1:45 p.m.    

They take from the poor in order to secure an IMF loan worth billions! These billions will ultimately end up in the hands of Yanukonvicts thieving gang. They get very wealthy and the poor dies of hunger!This is the reality of Yanukonvicts Ukraine. Everything for themselves, and nothing for everyone else.And people just sit back and watch these criminals destroy their lives.

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 3 p.m.    

Hey ^^ last time I checked the RADA is formed of the por and byut, I see neither working for anything. It is time to admit that we have no political party that actually wants the best for Ukraine. Each one would just do a few things for their regions and thats it. They do not think of Ukraine as a whole, no its east-west for them. Just shame really, we can be a great country, but for some reason, people keep voting for the same idiots that destroyed us in the first place.

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Anonymous Sept. 23, 2011, 10:40 p.m.    

Cancel all subsidies now before the 2nd wave of global crisis hits or see the whole state collapse.

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Anonymous Sept. 24, 2011, 2:07 a.m.    

As long as power resides in the hands of the president the parliament will never be held accountable to the people of Ukraine. Ukraine needs political reform first and foremost. The Parliament needs to be more represenative. This can be achived by estgablishing local electorates (45a) each electing nine members of parliament by a system of single transferable proportional representation on a 10% quota.

Until these reftroms are in place and power remopved from presidnetial authoorty Ukraine will continue to be subjected to social discord and disunity and division.

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Anonymous Sept. 25, 2011, 9:41 a.m.    

what electoral system, sorry? single transferale proportional representation? what is this?

anyways, to agitate Ukraine to change from semi-presidential system (sorry, but technically speaking, ukraine is semi-presidential, and the only country with a presindential system is the US) to parliamentary and to change electoral system is almost the same as trying to pursuade the electorate in Canada or GB to switch from first-past-the-post to mixed-member proportional. Everybody knows that MMP is more democratic, but nobody gives up first-past-the-post. The established parties and vested interests simply would not allow for this to happen. I am not even speking about political literacy of the electorate. So, proposing catchy slogans and asking the electorate to chose wisely is very naive, not only in Ukraine, but anywhere, even in so-called established parliamentary democracy. Who wants to kill the golden goose?

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