Millions of ukrainians concerned about injustice in their country. Ukrainian authorities became blind and deaf to appeals from inside the Ukraine or abroad. They has no compassion for competitors and much more for ordinary citizens.
But some brave souls are still in faith for a better Ukraine. Extraordinary fellows find the truth in love, goodness and daring. They speak and spread the truth about the situation in Ukraine. These people use any possibility to proclaim their belief.
The 27th of November was Yulia Tymoshenko’s birthday. For ukrainian opposition leader it was the second birthday in jail. Yulia Tymoshenko was sentenced to 7 years in prison as a result of political motivated “gas case”. In spite of the tiredness her supporters do not leave Mrs. Yulia alone. A lot of them gathered together in Kharkiv to cogratulate her.
Valentine Ermakova arrived from Dnipropetrovs’k. She said:
Today, I attended a birthday party and noone in my big family didn’t imagine on whose birthday I was. I came back before 9:30 pm and saw myself on STB channel. This was a wonderful day. I spent my time together with like-minded people. I am very glad that I came to congratulate my beloved Yulia
Yulia Tymoshenko’s supporters gathered from all around the country and expressed the hope for quick release of their leader!
Eugenia Tymoshenko talked about fighting for reform and democracy, despite physical danger on CNN channel. She said that the parliamentary elections in Ukraine, which took place on the 28-th of october, weren’t fair.
She also told that the ukrainian authorities wanted to take the constitutional majority in new parliament, but it seems pressure of democratic world community made such plans impossible. She also answered about her mother’s fate. Eugenia said: “We believe my mother will be free in several months. Also after the European court of human rights carries out of decision. We hope the justice will be restored and my mother and others will be free”
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Daughter of jailed ukrainian ex-PM talked about parliamentary elections in Ukraine on Channel 4. She told that opposition wants “to make sure that justice is served for candidates who stood from the opposition. But their victories have been stolen.” Eugenia Tymoshenko said that the undemocratic character of the election campaign was marked in reports of international observer missions.
The announcer asks if Eugenia believe that anything could be addressed to President
in terms of her concerns. Eugenia said that any kind of signal, which was send to Yanukovych’s regime for last two years, wasn’t heard. She told that Yulia Tymoshenko “will go on the hunger strike till the justice is found and true elections results is voiced by the central election comission”.
The announcer inquired to Eugenia: “There are lots of ukrainians as well who say that your mother and her acolytes have made many mistakes and have been guilty of wrongdoing as well. Do you accept? Wrongdoing is been by your sight”
Eugenia recalled about european gas crisis in 2009. She told “this political decision (that she made that she negotiated that stopped european gas crisis that poured gas back into ukrainian homes, into european homes) have been criminalized according to the old stalinist laws that are used and been abused by the regime in our very-very much dependent judiciary system. Prosecutor works together with judges to accuse her of something she hasn’t even done.” She added about accusations in corruption: “There’s an old one. There is no one word of corruption, of private gain in her accusation in the witnesses statements. And that’s exactly what Yanukovych spend millions and months to researching her activity as prime minister. They never found the one penny of corruption”
Eugenia Tymoshenko (Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter) arrived in London to announce that she will file an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights against her mother’s “brutal” imprisonment which prevented her from contesting the election. Eugenia Tymoshenko said that her mother was being watched and videoed 24 hours of the day in her prison hospital, even in the bathroom, and that the regime had “grotesquely invaded her privacy by uploading film of her hospital treatment to the internet”.
Eugenia Tymoshenko said that the objective of the current Yanukovich regime had been to rig the elections and deny Ukrainian voters their right to vote in order to achieve a majority in Parliament so that he could change the constitution and have Parliament (where his party would have a majority) choose the President rather than the public. She said it was vital for the future of Ukrainian democracy to maintain the Presidency as an elected office. The seven year sentence on her mother had been designed by the regime to stop her from standing in the Presidential elections due in 2015. Ms Tymoshenko said that her mother had gone on hunger strike to protest against the regime’s plans to destroy democracy and against the rigging of the elections.
Eugenia Tymoshenko’s lawer, Geoffrey Robertson QC of Doughty Street Chambers, said that a decision in her favour by the European Court would force Ukraine to release her, or else Ukraine risked suspension from membership of the Council of Europe.
Mr Robertson said that the appeal to the European Court would be based firstly on the fact that Ms Tymoshenko had committed no offence of a kind penalised in any other European country and which had involved no wrongdoing and no allegation of corruption or dishonesty. Secondly, she had been sentenced by a “lickspittle judge” who was intimidated by the prosecutors and who passed a “cruel and absurd” sentence of seven years imprisonment and a fine of $186 million plainly intended to stop her from leading her party which even without her obtained 25% of the vote in last month’s election. He said that Ukraine had a Stalinist system and the lack of judicial independence was proved by the fact that they had an “incredible” 99.8% conviction rate. If the European Court upheld the appeal the Government would be obliged to release Ms Tymoshenko otherwise it would likely be suspended from the Council of Europe.
Mr Robertson also explained that videoing of Yulia Tymoshenko’s hospital treatment and uploading films to the internet was the subject of an urgent application to the European Court to require the government to stop “publicizing details of her medical treatment and invading her privacy.”
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Party deputy head Oleksander Turchinov told journalists soon after the meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko:
“Of course we asked Yulia Volodymyrivna (Tymoshenko) to stop the hunger strike because her health is important for the party and I think for the whole Ukraine, but the situation in many constituencies and information how openly and cynically the results of the people’s vote are beng falsified enrage her of course. The only thing she can do against it in this situation is to declare the hunger strike. That’s why we couldn’t convince Yulia Volodymyrivna to stop it and she will continue (hunger strike) until the Ukrainian society gives a clear assessment of what is happening now in many constituencies and regions.”
Tymoshenko’s letter alleging that the Oct. 28 parliamentary election was rigged and announcing that she is going on a hunger strike in protest
From July 30 to Oct. 28, the most unfair elections in the history of the independent Ukraine were held.
To admit that they were fair or partly fair, or that they were elections at all, means to tell all the people who corrupted voters in single-member constituencies, suppressed TVi and other independent channels; all the people who organized “carousels” and forged certificates of non-existent illnesses to rig home voting; to tell everyone who in front of video cameras threw in piles of ballot papers filled in by the same hand – the hand of the [Viktor] Yanukovych regime; to tell all the people who took decisions in the Central Election Commission to register false parties and use their resources to form subordinated election commissions; to tell all the people who distributed food packages and paid money in districts; to tell all these clear lawbreakers, including criminals: “Guys, you have done everything right, act like this in future, we’re ready to say black is white, evil is good, and the people who rigged ballot are honest politicians, because we are all in favor of political opportunism and political expediency and not of the truth and European values.”
It is impossible to say the elections were fair and legitimate at a time when every Ukrainian citizen knows that money and food packages were offered to him and many people took them; to say the elections were fair and legitimate when every Ukrainian citizen knows that power structures and administrative resource applied violence to them; when hundreds of thousands of election commissions members took money for forging protocols; when every citizen knows that all TV channels campaigned dirtily 24/7 in favor of the ruling regime; and when everyone read resolutions of the international community about political repressions in Ukraine.
To admit these elections were fair and legitimate is to fully demoralize the Ukrainian nation and the part of our people who still believes in justice and European choice despite the extraordinary efforts of the ruling regime to rig the ballot.
The national exit-poll showed that 73 percent of Ukrainian citizens voted against Yanukovych, against his corrupted, bankrupt policy and that the legitimacy of his regime was completely lost. The elections outcome is a verdict for the oligarchy, its godfather and their clans.
And if – thanks to corruption in single-mandate constituencies – they implement the result, if they manage to “correct” it by means of false protocols from bribed precinct and district commissions and to distort the national exit poll; if thanks to the unfair means they form their majority in the Verkhovna Rada that will be recognized by Ukraine and the world, then this will be a signal for all post-communist regimes that fair elections can be killed and that everything can be “doctored to death.”
Political expediency and willingness to compromise can legalize everything, but where to hide the real choice made by people? Where to put 225 files with clear proof that massive voter bribing was carried out in all election constituencies by all — I stress ALL candidates from the ruling party in single member constituencies?
How to legalize corruption, Yanukovych’s sons, fellows, friends, henchmen and his entourage?
I will not act in the name of political expediency and I will not call clear lies the truth. These elections were rigged from the first to the last day; and to hide this fact means to destroy Ukraine’s future.
I express my solidarity with the Ukrainian World Congress, with conclusions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europea, as well as with the position of Andreas Gross, Head of the PACE Monitoring Group, expressed some weeks ago; and I state clearly that 73 percent of Ukrainian citizens want to remove the Yanukovych authoritarian regime, and gave the mandate for this to all oppositional forces. Everything that is different from the result in the elections is rigged and forged.
I don’t consider the parliament, where a majority rigged in such a way will rule despite the will of people, to be legitimate. If I were with you now and could act freely, without any doubts I would call you for continuous protest actions. And we together would put those who rigged the elections to their place as we have done many times before.
But now, being behind bars, I cannot call you to go out into the streets because I cannot guarantee that these protests will be peaceful and organized in the best way. That is why I do what I can in these conditions. I go on hunger strike to protest against the vote rigging and illegitimacy of the parliament. I know and I believe that most Ukrainians will understand and support me,