On the 17-18th of October the annual Congress of European People’s Party (EPP) took place in Bucharest. Eugenia Tymoshenko (daughter of jailed ukrainian ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko) and some leaders of ukrainian opposition were invited on this forum. Eugenia described her purpose for participation in EPP Congress:  “I came to the EPP Congress to give the European leaders and politicians an appeal from my mother. There is a political crisis in Ukraine. The parliamentary elections have already been rigged. We need their help.” The ex-premier’s daughter also thanked the politicians and leaders of the EU for supporting the Ukrainian people and imprisoned opposition leaders.

Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter gave the leaders of the EU a letter from her mother. The President of the EPP Wilfried Martens read the statement of jailed ukrainian opposition leader.

– I wish to begin by thanking President Martens for allowing me to speak to you today. Of course, it is his voice that you are hearing and not mine. But Wilfried and you all, my dear friends, are living proof that the saying that there are no true friends in politics is a lie. Your friendship is a blessing for defending my people and for my life. I treasure your friendship in my imprisonment, and it has given me so much hope for big and just changes. I know that through the voice of my friend Wilfried you will hear the truth of my words; most importantly, you will get additional arguments to define your strategy towards the fate of my country.

This is now the 439th day of my imprisonment. Most of these many months I have been confined in a cell in a prison camp, far from my family, friends, and supporters. Today, when I am locked down in a prison hospital ward that has little difference with the cell, where there is almost no difference between the long silences of the days and nights, I see that our struggle to preserve Ukraine in the European family has strengthened. Each night when the lock on the door clangs shut, I tell myself that I have survived another day, and will continue to survive whatever indignity this regime heaps upon me, as today this is my share of the struggle for freedom.

But increasingly at night I do become afraid, not for myself, but for my country. For that hollow thud that I hear each time the prison door shuts reminds me that the door to freedom, the door to Europe, to decent lives for my fellow citizens, is also shutting in Ukraine. The prison door that Viktor Yanukovych has built around my country is still not closed forever, but there is little time left before it is shut tight.

I know that all of Europe is now convulsed by a great economic struggle. Why are you enduring this pain? Why are you desperately seeking to preserve the idea of European unity? I know that it is not simply a matter of debts and interest rates. You are fighting for Europe because you know the price in freedoms lost that Europe has paid when past disunity allowed freedom to shrivel.

We have also made all possible efforts to unite the opposition for the sake of a European Ukraine, but the task it still not over and it needs urgent actions. I have applied best efforts so that the Batkivshchyna, Borys Tarasyuk, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Vitaliy Klychko and all other opposition leaders are together, and that they put aside their differences to fight down homo sovieticus in Ukraine’s government once and for all.

I am grateful to you that you have invited our united democratic opposition today to once again support our spirit and striving for our common values.

You understand that failure in your efforts is a prospect that is totally unacceptable, and I also know that you will stand with Ukraine in this, our moment of trial.

I do not exaggerate: there are but a few moments left to breathe life back into liberty in my country.

Here let me offer you a few very precise actions to help us:

• In the parliamentary elections due to be held on October 28th, flood my country with official observers to watch and shout out at every fraud they may see, but not only on the election day, but already now;

• Before then, call this regime out on how it is already systemically rigging the elections to falsify their results, and because of this already now you can call the elections not fair. The process was distorted so significantly that there is no chance for elections to meet the OSCE/Council of Europe standards;

• Most importantly, it is time to restrict the freedom of those who are killing democracy in my country. Do not let the regime members and cronies travel freely to your countries to disseminate propagandist poison there. Do not let them make corrupt transactions via your countries and start investigating the cases.

Do not let their families indulge in your luxuries with money taken fraudulently from Ukraine’s hard-working people.

Only by denying these freedoms to those who are denying their fellow citizens freedom will the Yanukovych regime begin to realize that there are real consequences to its contempt for law and for Europe.

As you meet in Bucharest, I do not believe that I need to restate the geo-strategic reasons why Ukraine matters to Europe. They are too numerous, and too obvious, to bear repeating. And after all, Kyiv is barely 750 kilometers from here – barely a day’s leisurely driving.

So I only wish to remind you today that liberty is a universal value. When it is killed in one country, it is diminished in all countries; the global world will become more complex should Ukraine’s imprisonment become complete. The world has faith in the future of Europe. You can give them a reason to confirm that faith by doing all you can to preserve European values in Ukraine. For when you stand by us in our hour of need, you are also standing up for yourselves.

My heart and my hope are with you, and I know that our future is also with you.

Thank you for everything…

Yours,
Yulia Tymoshenko

Romanian President Traian Basescu told Eugenia Tymoshenko that is amazed by Yulia Tymoshenko struggle for democracy. “I want to express my sincere solidarity with Yulia Tymoshenko. In democratic countries politicians aren’t persecuted. In democratic countries there are no political prisoners. We condemn this!” he said.

Council of European Parliamentary Assembly President Jean-Claude Mignon also expressed admiration for the courage of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko. “I am very happy to welcome you to the EPP Congress. We will always support Yulia Tymoshenko and her struggle for a democratic Ukraine. I admire her courage and willpower,” he said.

Irish Minister for European Affairs and newly elected Vice President of the European People’s Party Lucinda Creighton is calling on the Ukrainian authorities to released Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners.

“Political prisoners in Ukraine should be released immediately! All of us [in the European Union] are unanimous in this,” Lucinda Creighton said today during the European People’s Party Congress in Bucharest, Romania.

The Irish minister also expressed concern over the conduct of the trials involving Yulia Tymoshenko. “We have reports from our numerous observers and they raise concern,” she said.

Lucinda Creighton stressed that the EU is very troubled by the situation in Ukraine. “All the members of the EU have said that freedom of speech and the right to free assembly and a fair trial must be ensured in Ukraine,” she stressed.

Eugenia Tymoshenko also met with ex-European Parliament President Jerzy Buzek, who stressed that the release of Yulia Tymoshenko and other Ukrainian political prisoners is one of the key conditions for the restoration of relations between Ukraine and the EU. “I absolutely support putting pressure and all proposals regarding the immediate release of Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners in Ukraine. This is absolutely necessary if you want to have good, open relations with the EU. We don’t understand why Yulia Tymoshenko was imprisoned,” he stressed.

“We are very concerned that the names of the leaders of the opposition weren’t registered in the candidate lists. This is the worst characteristic for democratic elections in Ukraine,” Jerzy Buzek said.

Eugenia Tymoshenko has also given German Chancellor Angela Merkel a letter from her mother, Yulia Tymoshenko, thanking her for the support given to her by the Germany government and German doctors.

“The Charite doctors saved my mother’s life,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said during a meeting between representatives of the Ukrainian united opposition and Angela Merkel in Bucharest, Romania.

Angela Merkel assured her of her support for Yulia Tymoshenko and readiness to provide assistance.

Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on EU Affairs Gunther Krichbaum supported the position of Chancellor Angela Merkel and said that the German parliament will block the signing of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement if Yulia Tymoshenko is not released. “The association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine will be blocked. I, as the head of the Bundestag committee on European integration, will recommend this as long as the Yulia Tymoshenko case is not closed,” he said after his meeting with Eugenia Tymoshenko.

“For us this case is a symbol of the attitude in Ukraine towards human rights and democracy. You can’t ignore this,” he stressed.

At the meeting with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso Eugenia Tymoshenko informed the president of the European Commission about the state of her mother’s health.

In his turn, Jose Manuel Barroso ask to send his warmest regards to Yulia Tymoshenko. “We think about Yulia Tymoshenko. We will continue to do everything we can to secure her release. We will insist on her full political rehabilitation,” he said.

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