The leader of the Batkivshchyna Party Yulia Tymoshenko believes that by backing President Viktor Yanukovych's initiative to send Ukrainian peacekeepers to Côte d'Ivoire the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has demonstrated its lack of responsibility before Ukrainian society.

"Today people's deputies, most of whose families have been living outside Ukraine, including on yachts, in the Canary Islands, in Europe, are now with one click sending our children to someone else's war in Cote d'Ivoire. This does not happen every day," Yulia Tymoshenko told journalists, commenting on the Verkhovna Rada's approval of the decision of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych to send peacekeepers to the Ivory Coast.

According to her, deputies and personally Viktor Yanukovych should take full responsibility for protecting the lives of the Ukrainian military. "The president, who himself under certain circumstances did not serve in the army, whose sons have not served in the military, who does not know the grief of mothers who lose their children in someone else's war, and with his one request he put in danger the lives of 60 Ukrainians, who were sent to someone else's civil war. And the deputies of the majority who have long lost their conscience and brains, gave their "ok" to this order of Yanukovych, and sent people to war," she pointed out.

"I want to remind Mr. Yanukovych that he sent someone else's sons to war today, and who will be responsible before their mothers, parents and families if, God forbid, they lose their lives. Such actions by Yanukovych are yet more proof that he is indifferent towards Ukrainians and Ukraine, that he only cares about his life and everything that concerns his family, his status, his own interests," she said.

As reported, today, the pro-government majority in the Verkhovna Rada approved the president's decision to send a Ukrainian peacekeeping mission composed of three Mi-24 combat helicopters and 60 flight personnel to take part in UN operations in Côte d'Ivoire - a country which is practically on the verge of civil war.

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