Public threats, arrests of bloggers, murders of opposition members, assassinations of journalists writing “not in favour of the government”—is this the breaking point for people’s tolerance of the policy of the proud European democratic state Ukraine? The situation is constantly deteriorating, and the Junta is falling into its own trap. No, they are not able to silence all of us. It is likely to have the opposite effect. Though the international community keeps on ignoring, or probably even upholding, the outrage being carried out by the government, which has seized power as the result of a coup d’etat. People’s deputy of Ukraine—Elena Bondarenko—is urging “international organisations who proclaim their democratic principles” to take measures against the activities of the Ukrainian Junta.
I, Elena Bondarenko, a deputy of Partiya Regionov [Party of the Regions—ed.], which is in opposition to the governing party in Ukraine, would like to make a statement about the fact that the government is directly threatening with assault to the opposition politicians, depriving freedom of speech in the parliament and other places, as well as it is going for accompliceship in the crimes against the opposition leaders and their children.
Persistent threats, undercover ban of the opposition Parties appearing in the majority of Ukrainian mass media, purposeful baiting – these are everyday things in the life of the opposition in Ukraine. Everybody who calls for peace in Ukraine immediately becomes an enemy to the regime like it used to be, for instance, in 30-40’s Germany or in the USA during the McCarthyism times.
A few days ago the Ukrainian Internal Affairs Minister, Arsen Avakov, said: “When Elena Bondarenko ascends the parliamentary tribune, I want to reach for my gun.”
I emphasise the fact that those are the words of the person who has the main authority over the police in the country. Exactly a week ago the Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament, Alexander Turchinov, banned me from the parliamentary tribune as a representative of the oppositional Party of the Regions. It was done only because of my words, that “a regime that sends its army to bomb peaceful cities is criminal.” After that, he kindly allowed the parliamentary radicals to call upon for shooting the opposition .
I remember last year when Kiev was flooded with extremists, my car was shot at. I reported this fact to the police. I take such threats towards myself very seriously. I also would like to inform everyone who is not aware yet, that the regime protects the criminals who dared to raise their hand against the son of another opposition politician—Vladimir Oleynik. Ruslan Oleynik, a district public prosecutor, was beaten up in his work place, which put his life and health under threat. Instead of investigating the attack and threats against the politician and his family, the regime fired the prosecutor. My colleagues complain weekly about their assistants being beaten up, their supporters’ offices being searched, their lives, health and possessions threatened.
Ukrainian cyberspace is almost totally censored of this information, and ordinary Ukrainian citizens have no idea of the criminal fight against the opposition and of the fact that the constitutional right for freedom of speech is suppressed in many ways. The mass media who tell the truth in spite of their fear constantly get attacked by the nationalist groups, and the hooligans who assault publishing offices are never prosecuted, even when they are identified by video and photographic proof of their involvement.
I call upon international organisations who proclaim their democratic principles to not only pay attention to these facts but also join in to fight for democratic rights and freedoms of Ukrainian citizens. The methods used by the Junta in their fight for power in Ukraine have nothing to do with democracy. Inactivity of the international community towards these outrageous facts looks like complicity and silent approval of all the crimes being committed in Ukraine. The free world is losing another outpost—Ukraine. All those who fight for democracy, peoples rights and freedoms, can bring many changes together. Only together we can stop the Junta and the fratricidal war in Ukraine!
People’s deputy of Ukraine, Elena BONDARENKO