The daughter of jailed former Ukrainian premier Yulia Tymoshenko urged Western nations Thursday to impose sanctions on officials involved in her mother’s imprisonment.

Tymoshenko, the country’s top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year prison sentence on charges of abuse of office after a trial that was condemned by the West as politically motivated and which strained Ukraine’s ties to Europe and the United States. Tymoshenko denies the charges and accuses President Viktor Yanukovych, her longtime foe, of orchestrating the trial to bar her from politics.

With Tymoshenko in jail, Ukraine’s fragmented opposition forces were unable to muster a majority in parliament following an election in October, and Yanukovych’s allies again control the legislature and the government.


In an interview with The Associated Press on Thursday, Tymoshenko’s daughter Eugenia, 32, said prosecutors and judges involved in her mother’s case should face Western sanctions such as travel bans and freezes on bank accounts.

“We understand that we cannot do it by ourselves inside Ukraine and that is why we need great international support, but also (an) understanding of our international friends that Yanukovych will not just voluntarily give up his power,” Eugenia Tymoshenko said in her mother’s office in central Kiev. “People like judges, like prosecutors … they have to be put forward for sanctions. Those are the main executors of repression. Of course, there are people behind them who are in the ruling party, but it could be the first step.”

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Eugenia Tymoshenko gave the interview for Krzysztof Nechypor.

At first, Mr. Nechypor asked her (as he said) a provocative question if Eugenia believes that Poland is the advocate of Ukraine in Europe and isn’t good  advocate of Yulia Tymoshenko at the same time?

Yulia Tymoshenko’s daughter told: “I believe that the support of Poland always was very necessary for us and it came at the right time. Today we need the support of the Polish elite and Polish political leaders more than ever before. That’s why I would like to thank former President Aleksander Kwasniewski. He takes part in the mission of the European Parliament, fighting for the freedom of Yulia Tymoshenko and Yuriy Lutsenko. Ex-President of the EP Pat Cox and Alexander Kwasniewski are doing everything possible to enable the prisoners were released and rehabilitated politically.” She also added about last discussion about conditions by which European politicians try push to have signed an association agreement: “The position of my mother and the whole of the United Opposition remains unchanged. This agreement must be signed. My mother in 2008, when she was prime minister, has taken the first steps to sign an association agreement for free trade zone. I think that the discussion of this topic should be continued, and as a result the agreement will be signed. Of course, we all know that there are political obstacles. I would like to quote my mother, who said that it is very easy to work together to put up flags of the European Union at the main square of Kiyv, but it will not lead to destroying of the current dictatorship in Ukraine”

The second question was about the political activity of Eugenia.

But she denied any political ambition. She said that she cares to show her mother’s position in the ukrainian democratic forces. As a sitizen of Ukraine Eugenia understands her mother’s release, reabilitation and political activity will help to normalize ukrainian democracy.


At least Krzysztof Nechypor asked about fighting.

Eugenia told that situation is difficult and the ukrainian authorities  themselves blame if the possible sanctions will be applied to them. She also noticed that her own efforts can be more effective: “I think that it is necessary to use all the opportunities in Ukraine. People must unify to protest against the government’s actions and seek the release of my mother, Yuri Lutsenko and other prisoners.”

Eugenia Tymoshenko had a blessed early life as her mother, Yulia, rose to become prime minister of Ukraine. Then came the arrest. She tells Tim Bouquet (The Guardian) about the bitter fight to get “Lady Yu” out of jail.

Eugenia Tymoshenko steps out of a cab in sunny Knightsbridge wearing black high heels, a smart tan skirt and black jacket. She could be something senior at Goldman Sachs, but her pressing business is about life, death and justice. The 32-year-old is on a campaign to free her mother from a seven-year jail sentence in a Ukrainian prison – and, she says, from physical and mental torture that threatens to kill her.

Eugenia’s mother is Yulia Tymoshenko, the former prime minister ofUkraine, sent to prison after a sequence of events that combines the plot of a revenge thriller with the darkest politics of the Soviet Union era. In October last year, Tymoshenko was found guilty of criminally “abusing her office” in what the United States and European Union have both called a politically motivated show trial. Even Russian president Vladimir Putin criticised the sentence. Since the start of her prison term, her daughter claims, Yulia has been beaten and denied access to a doctor or drugs. She has also been accused – without evidence – of the murder of a fellow MP. Tymoshenko’s supporters have protested and battled police on the streets of Kiev, and Tymoshenko herself has gone on hunger strike. Now it seems her only hope of freedom is her daughter.

Eugenia makes an unlikely saviour. Until her mother’s sentence, her career was running an Italian restaurant in Kiev. “I never had any ambition for politics,” she tells me. These days Eugenia strides confidently into TV studios for interviews. She talks with poise and passion to presidents and prime ministers. She addresses meetings of MEPs and briefs lawyers. And she litigates. “Ukraine courts don’t work,” Eugenia says. “We have to go overseas.”

When we meet she is in London talking to lawyers as she takes action in the British courts against Ukraine’s first deputy prosecutor. In March, Renat Kuzmin told BBC Ukraine that he had “reliable information” that money from her mother’s accounts had been transferred to pay hitmen who had gunned down MP and businessman Yevgen Shcherban, as well as his wife and his assistant, at an airport in 1996. “She has never been questioned, and this allegation has no basis in fact,” Eugenia says, toying with her pasta. One senses that this lapsed restaurateur now rarely finishes a meal.

Eugenia comes across as a mixture of relentless focus – displaying her mastery of the legal and political minefield that confronts her mother – and the restless stress of somebody who wishes that she could wake up to find that this was all a bad dream


Tymoshenko’s daughter visited Vienna on thursday. In her interview for European media she said about the situation in Ukraine.
Commenting for  Tiroler Tageszeitung the ukrainian parliamentary elections campaign, Eugenia urged EU to recognize elections as undemocratic now. Tymoshenko also suggested that non-peaceful revolution can occur after the 28th of October. As an example, she assumed outbreak in a small industrial city. Eugenia pointed out that the ukrainians will fight for their freedom, and the government continues to show itself as unpeaceable. Tymoshenko’s daughter also said about numerous violations of freedom, the closure of independent media, etc.
Eugenia also told Die Presse that her mother is under tremendous psychological pressure because of surveillance. Yulia Tymoshenko feels pain in her back.
Journalists asked if Eugenia plans to become a politic. Tymoshenko younger denied the existence of such ambitions

Sergiy Vlasenko wrote on his page in facebook :
Dear fellow journalists!
Would You Kindly? Be fair in information propagation. Many (almost all) medias spread the news that “Melnichenko has evidence that Yulia Tymoshenko was involved to case of Shcherban’s murder.” Dear journalists, Melnychenko has never spoken this. He just heard some discussions in the Kuchma’s office  in 1999-2000. I think that there is a significant difference between the phrases: “I heard, Kuchma and Obyhod said about it” and “I have evidence that Yulia Tymoshenko was involved.” I have one simple question for you: If Shcherban was killed in Nov. 3, 1996. And in 1999, Kuchma and Obyhod discussed this occasion. Why had nobody mentioned Tymoshenko (which was in stiff opposition to Kuchma) on court hearings in the case of Shcherban’s murder in 2003? So for seven years it was found nothing. Courts were not so limited as they are today. Judges demanded some evidence, at least (not just the irrepressible desire of the President)? I don’t have any desire to concern the morality of proclamations of this person

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt says he is concerned by the situation in Ukraine and the continued political repression of government opponents:

“Just saw Eugenia Tymoshenko together with Gunilla Carlsson [Minister for International Development Cooperation] discussing the worrying situation in Ukraine”

In the same time Yulia Tymoshenko has requested permission from the administration of the Kachanivska prison for a short meeting with Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, First Deputy Head of Batkivshchyna Oleksandr Turchynov and Arseniy Yatseniuk.
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko also has requested permission from the Kachanivska prison administration to speak with representatives of the media:
“I learned from my counsel on September 11 that a number of domestic and international media want to meet and conduct interviews with me. As noted in the State Penitentiary Service’s press release, any media can conduct an interview with anyone in the prison system if this person gives written consent. I hereby give my written consent for the media to conduct interviews with me”

Lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko released a letter today that was written by Yulia Tymoshenko’s cellmate in the Kachanivska prison, Yulia Abaplova, back in March 2012 about the pressure put on her by prison authorities to discredit the ex-premier of Ukraine: “This document was written on 25 March 2012 by Yulia Apablova herself, and I quote: to protect me and Yulia Tymoshenko”