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August 6 серпня 2011
Vol.12 No. 18

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Toronto: Demonstration in support of Yulia Tymoshenko, leader of the democratic Opposition -- Aug. 8, 6:30pm TOP


in Support of Yulia Tymoshenko

Leader of the democratic Opposition in Ukraine,
who was arrested Aug 5, 2011 in Kyiv


Monday Aug. 8, 2011 at 6:30pm

In front of the Ukrainian Consulate
2275 Lakeshore Blvd West, Toronto
(two blocks west of Park Lawn on the south side)


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Tymoshenko’s address to the Ukrainian people, recorded before arrest -VIDEO TOP

August 5, 2011


Yulia Tymoshenko

Ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko's speech to the Ukrainian people, recorded before her arrest on Aug. 5 on contempt-of-court charges:

Good evening everyone. I am addressing you having just received information that Yanukovych has given orders to arrest me.

Today I have every chance of obtaining political asylum in any country and protecting my life, my freedom, being happy with my family. But I’m not going to run from Ukraine. And I have good reason for this.

Firstly, I didn’t violate the law. I lived and worked for you. I don’t own any factories, power plants, lands, mineral resources or government estates privatized in my favor. I made sure everything the country has served you, not thieves in politics. I didn’t break the law trying to act justly. And therefore I have no reason to run from my native land.

Secondly, I won’t hide anywhere. I worked in politics for the last 10 years and know very well the price politicians and fighters for the people pay. Everything has been bought, sold and resold. You have almost no one to lean on in your times of trouble. So with all the power and life I have I will defend you and Ukraine, and will do so as you allow me.

The final and most important reason why the self-preservation instinct and fear in my case doesn’t work is that in all these years of independent, Ukraine has never been in as much trouble as it is now. Ukrainian families have never been worse off. Never before has Ukraine had its soul snatched so cruelly, the future of its children taken away. Today I am still free, but tomorrow I will be behind bars. Knowing what lies ahead of me, I know that I will return to you even stronger.

There are judges higher than the ones that sold out to Yanukovych. There is the European court, that will prove my legal rightness. There is the court of the Ukrainian people that will prove my political rightness. And there is God’s court, where neither the government nor money will protect those who today are committing injustice.

Rest assured that they will never break me. I will not betray you – the 11 million people that believed in me in the presidential elections. I will not betray those who voted for Yanukovych because I also feel responsible to them for the country.

I ask everyone that’s able to fight, to rally around those who stood strong before the government’s gingerbread and whips.

No matter where I am – free or in jail – I feel strong enough to survive all their planned tests and together with you will put our country back on the path to prosperity, fairness, a strong national spirit and dignity.

Glory to Ukraine! And see you soon, because justice lives if you fight for it!

Tymoshenko demands Ukrainian in Ukrainian court

August 5, 2011

Ukraine's former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on trial over the 2009 gas deal with Russia, demanded during a court session on Friday that testimony given by the country's current premier, Mykola Azarov, in Russian be translated into Ukrainian. "I understood nothing from what Azarov said, not even a word," Tymoshenko, a native speaker of Russian, told the court. "I don't understand Russian."

Ukrainian World Congress calls for immediate release of Yulia Tymoshenko

August 5, 2011

Earlier today, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko was arrested in court and subsequently transported to Lukyanivska prison for detention.  Ms. Tymoshenko is defending herself against allegations which have been widely perceived as politically motivated by the international community. 

Ms. Tymoshenko was arrested after the presiding judge denied the former Prime Minister’s motions to question key witneses and to adjourn the hearings to give the defense additional time to prepare for the hearings.

 “Today’s arrest of Ukraine’s former Prime Minister and main opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, during her trial, which is widely viewed as politically motivated, is a major step backwards for the government of Ukraine. Given that Ukraine is representing Europe as Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe until November 2011, co-host of EURO 2012, and Chair of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in 2013, it is critical for Ukraine’s government to release Ms. Tymoshenko immediately, to comply with its international commitments, and to refrain from using criminal proceedings as a means to achieving political ends,” stated Ukrainian World Congress President Eugene Czolij.

Ukrainian Canadian Congress condemns politically motivated arrest of Tymoshenko
"Calls for her immediate release"


Ottawa, Canada- 5 August 2011

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress expressed dismay with what international institutions have labelled a politically motivated arrest of Opposition Leader and former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kyiv today.

"The government of Ukraine is pursuing what appears to be politically-motivated, selective justice in a deliberate and systematic program to remove political opposition. This is another step away from democracy," stated Ukrainian Canadian Congress President Paul Grod. "Today's arrest of Tymoshenko is another in an ever-growing list of violations of human rights, democracy and the rule of law which have been regressing under the Yanukovych government."

Despite numerous pronouncements by the Government of Ukraine to the contrary, there is abundant and growing evidence that Ukraine is reverting to an authoritarian model of governance as the government moves to systematically reverse the democratic gains made by the Orange Revolution.

"The international community cannot sit on its hands as democratic freedoms are being eroded in Ukraine," stated Grod. "We have formally asked the Government of Canada to use all diplomatic tools at its disposal to communicate Canada's displeasure with the anti-democratic developments in Ukraine and call for her immediate release."

The UCC has repeatedly requested that Canada use all of its influence within the Euro-Atlantic community and Euro-Atlantic agencies to maintain pressure on the Yanukovych government to respect democracy and human rights. Furthermore we have called upon the Government of Canada to ensure that any Canada-Ukraine free trade agreement be contingent upon Ukrainian government commitments to respecting democracy and human rights.

Reaction swift to Tymoshenko's arrest TOP

August 5, 2011

Editor’s Note: The following statements came in response to the Aug. 5 arrest and jailing of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on contempt-of-court charges in her trial. Tymoshenko is charged with exceeding her authority as prime minister in reaching a 2009 gas deal with Russia to end a three-week shutoff in January. Tymoshenko, in a view shared by many Ukrainians and many in the West, calls the charges politically motivated to win a conviction that makes her ineligible to run against Yanukovych in the 2015 presidential election or stand in the 2012 parliamentary eletion. Yanukovych denies he has anything to do with the charges.

David J. Kramer, executive director of U.S.-based Freedom House

"The decision will make it harder and harder for Ukraine and the European Union to go about business as usual. This is a very serious matter. It is making a mockery of the judicial system in Ukraine and is moving the country away from the values and principles of the United States and Europe. Ukraine had approached the line with the farce that is the trial. It has definitely crossed the line now."

Polish Foreign Ministry calls for Tymoshenko’s freedom

“We express concern over the decision of the Pechersk District Court in Kyiv to detain [ex-Prime Minister] Yulia Tymoshenko. We believe that this is a too hasty and drastic measure of restraint applied to the former prime minister for failing to follow court procedures, and thus hindering the investigation. We hope that Tymoshenko will be released from custody soon, and the court proceedings against the former prime minister will follow the European standards of behavior. Poland as the European Union president, will take up this conversation, both with the EU partners (High Representative Catherine Ashton), as well as representatives of the highest authorities of Ukraine (President Viktor Yanukovych, Foreign Minister Kostyantyn Gryshchenko. (Statement by Marcin Bosacki, Foreign Ministry spokesman)

UCCA calls for immediate release of Tymoshenko

The Ukrainian Congress Committee of America, the umbrella organization of the over one million Americans of Ukrainian descent, is deeply concerned about the condition of Ukraine’s former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko. As reported in the press, Kyiv’s Pechersky District court ordered her arrest and detention today. The UCCA calls upon Ukrainian authorities to immediately release her from prison. Furthermore, as the representative body of Ukrainian-Americans, the UCCA urges the United States government to publicly condemn her political imprisonment and utilize all diplomatic efforts to ensure the safety of her life and her release. The Yanukovych regime’s selective use of law enforcement, which has resulted in probes of political opposition leaders and the arrest of Yulia Tymoshenko and others, is one in a series of anti-democratic policies of political persecution. The world’s democracies cannot remain silent while basic human rights are being violated and the rule of law is nothing more than a command system.

Darya Chepak, President Viktor Yanukovych's press secretary: "The president has said many times that his administration has nothing to do with [the court process against Tymoshenko], and cannot intervene in the activity of the judiciary according to the constitution."

Carl Bildt, foreign minister of Sweden:

"The trial against Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine an embarrassing spectacle. Does great damage to a great country."

Jerzy Buzek, president of the European Parliament:

"I am disturbed by the news about court's decision to detain former Prime Minister Tymoshenko. The context and conditions raise concern about the politically motivated nature of this decision, and about the application of the rule of law in Ukraine. I urge Ukraine to uphold the principles and common values that define our relationship and that form the core of the Eastern partnership."

Hryhoriy Nemyria, former vice prime minister of Ukraine in Yulia Tymoshenko government:

"Yulia Tymoshenko was detained for her attempts to implement her rights in a politically-motivated case. If, before today, somebody doubted that this process is not politically motivated, the last doubts must have vanished today. In the nearest time, we expect very clear and concrete reaction from European countries and US. Yanukovych and everyone else behind the current escalation have made a big mistake. They have the time to fix it. If this is not done, the biggest political victim will be not Tymoshenko, but [President Viktor] Yanukovych."

Russian Foreign Ministry:

“Former Ukraine [Prime Minister] Tymoshenko’s trial should be impartial, with proper defense guaranteed and basic humanitarian standards observed."

Svoboda All-Ukrainian Union:

"We see what happened today in the following way: the authorities are simply bored with the formal demonstration of justice. They simply applied stricter and more repressive actions. This case reduces the [public's] trust in the authorities, reduces the rating of support of society for the authorities, and increases the level of distrust in the authorities."

Mykola Martynenko, member of parliament, leader of the Our-Ukraine – People's Self-Defense faction:

“The authorities have started following a Belarus-style scenario. It's obvious that the criminal cases against opposition figures are too thin and are falling to pieces. The authorities have thrown aside the last formal procedures in the political trial of the opposition. As a result, Ukraine is facing the threat of complete suspension of any rapprochement with Europe and international isolation from the civilized world."

Oles Doniy, member of parliament, Our-Ukraine – People's Self-Defense faction:

"If someone did not understand after the unjustified arrest of Yuriy Lutsenko that it was only the beginning of the dismantling of freedom and democracy and the launch of political reprisals, now they should look the truth in the eyes. And the truth is that this government will not settle before the entire political opposition is either behind the bars or in exile."

Former Verkhovna Rada speaker Arseniy Yatsenyuk:

"Democracy is over. There is not one regime that has won a war against its own people."

The President of the European People's Party (EPP) Wilfried Martens:

"With the arrest of former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine moved one step closer to "returning to Soviet-style authoritarianism. I'm not surprised that today the court ordered Yulia Tymoshenko to be placed under arrest. For months now, it has been blatantly obvious that the Yanukovych regime is running a politically motivated court case. The motive is clear: the removal of the main obstacle for a return to Soviet-style authoritarianism. Today Ukraine has moved one step closer. I call on [President] Viktor Yanukovych to put an immediate end to this sham."

Influential European politician, member of the European Parliament and the European People's Party Vice President Mario David:

"The trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko will show the European Union whether the rule of law exists in Ukraine. Tymoshenko behavior in the courtroom could have been prompted by the situation surrounding her. The European Union will closely watch the proceedings, which should demonstrate how the judicial branch works in Ukraine. Tymoshenko's trial should help the European Union understand whether there is an independent judicial system and rule of law in Ukraine. This is what the European Union expects from Ukraine, otherwise an agreement on association with the EU could be called into question."

European expert from the Carnegie Foundation in Brussels Olga Shumylo-Tapiola:

"Brussels and the European Union countries will have a negatively reaction to the arrest of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. A reaction will follow. Brussels and all other member-states are most likely to express a negative reaction, as they have many times called on the Ukrainian side to put an end to selective justice, and ensure honest and open justice."

Statement by Senator John McCain regarding the detention ,of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

August 5, 2011

Washington, D.C. - "I am deeply concerned about the detention today of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Ukraine.  This action is clearly a violation of the basic rights that should be protected for every citizen in a democracy.  The implications of this detention go far beyond the fate of one person. Ultimately, what is at stake is the future of freedom and democracy in Ukraine.  Unfortunately, today's action by the Ukrainian government calls into question its commitment to the fundamentals of democracy, and as such, will make Ukraine's path toward a future in the Euro-Atlantic community harder to achieve.  I urge the leadership in Kyiv to release Prime Minister Tymoshenko immediately and guarantee the rights of all Ukrainians, regardless of their political beliefs."

EPP President: 'Tymoshenko arrest brings Ukraine one step closer to Soviet-style authoritarianism'

5 August 2011

The President of the European People's Party (EPP), Wilfried Martens, after learning that the Ukrainian court has ordered former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to be placed under arrest in the framework of an on-going court case, made the following statement:
"I am not surprised that today the court ordered Yulia Tymoshenko to be placed under arrest. For months now, it has been blatantly obvious that the Yanukovych regime is running a politically motivated court case. The motive is clear: the removal of the main obstacle for returning to Soviet-style authoritarianism. Today Ukraine has moved one step closer," the EPP President emphasized.
"I call on Viktor Yanukovych to put an immediate end to this sham – Europe's patience has reached its limit," President Martens added.
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is the leader of Batkivshchyna, an observer member party of the EPP.

The EPP is the largest and most influential European-level political party of the centre right, which currently includes 75 member-parties from 39 countries, the Presidents of the European Commission, European Council, and European Parliament, 17 EU and 6 non-EU heads of state and government, 13 members of the European Commission and the largest Group in the European Parliament.

Video of how arrest transpired and opposition to arrest


Звернення Тимошенко до народу, записане перед арештом


05 серпня 2011


Юлія Тимошенко готувалася до свого арешту. Але не сьогодні, а тиждень тому. Тоді ж вона записала звернення до народу

- Доброго вечора всім. Я звертаюся до вас, щойно отримавши інформацію про те, що Янукович наказав мене заарештувати.

Сьогодні у мене ще є всі можливості отримати політичний притулок у будь-якій іншій країні та захистити своє життя, свою свободу, бути щасливою зі своєю родиною. Але я нікуди не буду бігти з України. І для цього у мене є вагомі причини.

По-перше, я не порушувала закон. Я жила і працювала для вас. У мене немає приватизованих на свою користь заводів, електростанцій, земель, корисних копалин, державних дач. Все, що має держава, я ставила на службу вам, а не крадіям від політики. Я не порушувала закон, намагалася діяти справедливо, і тому мені немає чого бігти зі своєї рідної землі.

По-друге, я не буду нікуди ховатися, бо працюючи в політиці останні 10 років, я дуже добре знаю ціну політикам та штатним борцям за народ. Все куплено, продано і перепродано. Вам у вашій біді майже немає на кого спертися. Тому скільки буде сил та життя – буду захищати і вас, і Україну, так як зможу, так як мені дозволите ви.

Остання і головна причина, чому інстинкт самозбереження, страх у моєму випадку не спрацьовують, бо за всі роки незалежності ще ніколи Україна не була в такій біді як сьогодні. Ще ніколи в такому важкому становищі не опинялися українські родини як зараз. Ще ніколи так жорстоко не виривали в України її душу, не забирали майбутнє у її дітей. Сьогодні я ще на свободі, але завтра вже буду за гратами. Знаючи на що я іду, я так само знаю, що повернуся до вас ще сильнішою.

Крім запроданих судів Януковича є й інші, вищі суди. Існує Європейський суд, де буде доведено мою юридичну правоту. Існує суд українського народу, який доведе мою політичну правоту. А є ще Божий суд, від якого не захистить ні влада, ні гроші тих, хто чинить несправедливість.

Будьте впевнені – вони мене ніколи не зламають. Я не підведу вас - 11 мільйонів людей, які повірили мені на президентських виборах. Я не підведу і тих, хто голосував за Януковича, бо відповідальність за свою країну відчуваю і перед ними.

Прошу всіх, хто здатен боротися, згуртуватися навколо тих, хто встояв і перед пряниками, і перед батогами влади.

Незалежно від того, де я буду – на свободі чи за гратами, – я відчуваю достатньо сил, щоб пройти через усі уготовані випробування та разом з вами повернути нашу державу на шлях процвітання, справедливості, зміцнення національного духу та гідності.

Слава Україні! І до скорого побачення, бо справедливість живе якщо за неї боротися!

Конґрес Українців Канади засуджує політично-мотивований
арешт Юлії Тимошенко
"Заклик до негайного звільнення з під арешту"


Оттава - 5 серпня 2011

Конґрес Українців Канади виражає своє збентеження фактом, який міжнародні інституції сьогодні в Києві назвали політично-мотивованим арештом лідера опозиції й бувшого Прем'єр-міністра України Юлії Тимошенко.

"Уряд України продовжує, як виявляється, політику політично-мотивованого, вибіркового права в своїй цілеспрямованій і систематичній програмі усунення політичної опозиції. Це ще один крок, який віддаляє Україну від демократії" - зазначив Президент Конґресу Українців Канади Павло Ґрод. "Сьогоднішній арешт Юлії Тимошенко є ще одним доказом в переліку порушень прав людини, демократії і верховенства права, які погіршуються за правління Віктора Януковича".

Не дивлячись на чисельні заяви уряду України, в країні мають місце зростаючі докази повернення України до авторитарної системи правління. Уряд України рухається в напрямку систематичного відступу від демократичних здобутків створених Помаранчевою Революцією.

"Міжнародна громада не може скласти руки й вичікувати, в той час, як згортаються демократичні свободи в Україні" - заявив пан Ґрод. "Ми офіційно попросили уряд Канади використати всі дипломатичні засоби, які є в розпорядженні для висловлення незадоволення Канадою з приводу анти-демократичних подій в Україні і заяву про негайне звільнення з під арешту пані Тимошенко."

Конґрес наполягає на застосуванні Канадою свого впливу на Євро-Атлантичну спільноту та Євро-Атлантичні агентства та збереження політики тиску на уряд Януковича з закликом до поваги до демократії і прав людини. В додаток, ми звернулися до уряду Канади з проханням про те, що будь-яка угода про вільну торгівлю між Канадою і Україною матиме умовний характер до моменту виконання зобов'язань урядом України принципів демократії і прав людини.

Freedom House: Тимошенко хочуть змусити мовчати



05 серпня 2011

Freedom House висловлює своє обурення з приводу арешту українського екс-прем'єра і лідера опозиції Юлію Тимошенко і закликає до її негайного звільнення.

Про це говориться в офіційній заяві організації.

"Це дія, в якій відсутній будь-який авторитет, як в очах міжнародного співтовариства, так і серед багатьох українців. Це останній раунд у невпинному переслідуванні уряду Юлії Тимошенко та інших провідних політичних опонентів", - вважають в організації.
Freedom House зазначає, що "сам процес (над Тимошенко) був затьмарений серйозними порушеннями процедури".

"Суд відмовив Тимошенко в юридичному представництві в двох випадках: провели розгляд без неї або без присутності її адвоката. Більше того, українське законодавство не дозволяє, щоб такі скарги надавалися в той час коли допитують свідків", - нагадали в організації.

"Ми завжди були тієї думки, що правову кампанію проти Тимошенко представляє неправильне використання судових розглядів, щоб чинити тиск на опозиційних політиків", - сказав Девід Крамер, президент Freedom House.

В організації зазначають, що процес "зміцнює розуміння того, що нинішня адміністрація вибірково переслідує Тимошенко з метою примусити її замовкнути".

"Для Сполучених Штатів та Європейського Союзу, щоб Україну бачили як надійного партнера, Україна повинна зробити більше, щоб продемонструвати свою прихильність верховенству права і покласти край таким помилковим розглядам", - наголошується в заяві.

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