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UKRAINE’S Communist Party (CPU) remained defiant today after the coup regime in Kiev made a bid to ban it.
Acting president Oleksandr Turchynov has written to the Justice Ministry asking it to make the party illegal for “unconstitutional” actions in eastern Ukraine.
Mr Turchynov accused the CPU of helping to violate the country’s territorial integrity, although the party is committed to a united federal Ukraine.
CPU leader Petro Symonenko said the “national-fascist” regime was trying to find a scapegoat for fracturing Ukraine because it realised unleashing the army on regions which oppose February’s coup was causing the country to break apart.
The fascist Svoboda and Right Sector parties have already submitted motions to parliament on banning the communists, as has the nationalist Fatherland party.
Mr Turchynov has previously clashed with Mr Symonenko, ordering the latter’s microphone be switched off in parliament when he raised questions about army atrocities in the city of Mariupol.
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