Ukraine's Justice Ministry does not rule out state of emergency
The Ukrainian Minister of Justice, Elena Lukash, asked to clear the premises of the ministry that opposition activists seized. If they do not do it, the minister is ready to ask the Ukrainian Security Council to introduce a state of emergency in the country.
According to Lukash, at the time of the capture of the building, legal experts were discussing the question to reinstate the Constitution from 2004, which implied both the restoration of the government's responsibility to the Parliament and amnesty for detained activists. These are one of the key requirements of protesters, along with the resignation of the government, the president and the dissolution of the parliament.
On Saturday, President Viktor Yanukovych suggested one of the leaders of the protesters, Arseniy Yatsenyuk could take the post of the Prime Minister. Another leader, Vitali Klitschko, could take the post of Deputy Prime Minister for Humanitarian Affairs. However, opposition refused from the offer.
Lukash stressed out that only immediate liberation of the building would give the protesters the last chance to solve the situation peacefully. Otherwise, the minister would be forced to turn to the National Security Council of Ukraine to the introduce a state of emergency in the country.
Lukash also urged international organizations and diplomatic missions to condemn the aggression of Maidan activists, who, as she said, "under the auspices of the European values are destroying our European future."
On January 26, members of the movement Common Cause took the building of the Ministry on Gorodetsky Street. A criminal case was filed into the fact of the capture. In addition, the protesters still control the buildings of the Ministry for Agriculture and Energy, and Kiev mayor's office.
Meanwhile, in the Ukrainian regions, the situation is gradually improving. The police managed to free the captured regional administration building in Sumy. The siege of the administration in Cherkassy was lifted as well. On Sunday, law enforcers prevented the capture of administrations in Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhia.
UPDATE: Ukrainian extremists have released the premises of the Ministry for Justice, as well as of the Ministry for Energy.
UPDATE2: The information saying that Ukrainian extremists have left the premises of the Ministry was then refuted. Maidan radicals are still in the building. They let reporters in, but do not let them go upstairs.