Three years ago, on November 20, 2014, Oleh Tsariov, a former national deputy with the Party of Regions faction in Parliament, requested that Ukrainian authorities take measures to stop and prevent representatives of foreign countries from interfering in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Mr. Tsariov was specifically targeting the United States rather than Russia, claiming that the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv was promoting preparations for inciting a civil war in Ukraine.
“Activists of the Volia public organization addressed me as a national deputy of Ukraine and provided strong evidence that the TechCamp project is being implemented in our state with the support and direct participation of the U.S. Embassy, as part of which preparations for inciting a civil war in Ukraine are under way. The TechCamp project is aimed at training information war experts and potential revolutionaries to organize protests and overthrow the regime. The project is being implemented under the patronage of U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt,” Mr. Tsariov claimed.
He added that, under the guise of teaching the peculiarities of the use of modern media, U.S. instructors are talking about the use of social networking and Internet technologies for purposeful influence on public opinion and intensification of protest potential in order to organize protests and radicalize the struggle for power.
“As examples, American instructors cited the use of social networks for the organization and management of street riots in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya,” he said. TechCamp graduates, he said, were conducting subversive activities in Ukraine, openly recruiting like-minded people on the Internet for organizing riots, protests and provocations, while citing the support of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.
Mr. Tsariov demanded that law enforcement agencies find out whether representatives of the U.S. Embassy in Kyiv had violated the United Nations Declaration on the Inadmissibility of Intervention and Interference in the Internal Affairs of States.
Mr. Tsariov had been expelled from the Party of Regions on April 7, 2014. In May 2014, he was sanctioned by the European Union for his involvement in the Novorossiya project in Ukraine that was orchestrated by the Kremlin.
Mr. Tsariov remains wanted by police since June 3, 2014, after he was stripped of his national deputy’s immunity from prosecutionfor promoting separatism and violence in Ukraine. While seeking refuge in the Russia-occupied east of Ukraine, he became speaker of the “Unity Parliament” of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic and Luhansk People’s Republic. In May 2015, he declared the Novorossiya puppet state to be terminated and stated that the project did not comply with the Minsk II accords.
Source: “Tsariov: U.S. Embassy incites civil war,” (Ukrinform), The Ukrainian Weekly, November 24, 2014.