Authoritative international organizations, a number of influential world politicians, Ukrainian public figures, activists and the media call on President Volodymyr Zelensky to stop the political persecution of the leader of the European Solidarity party, the fifth President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko.
On the day of the trial June 18, the United States Embassy in Ukraine issued a statement on the inadmissibility of political persecution.
“In a democracy, all citizens deserve equal and fair treatment in accordance with the law. The justice system should not be used to settle political scores,” the US embassy said in a statement.
A corresponding statement was made by the Embassy of Canada in Ukraine.
“Since 2014, Ukraine has gone through a difficult but necessary path of democratic transformation. The persistent demand of society to observe law and order was clearly stated during the Revolution of Dignity. Today, these principles remain the cornerstones and Ukrainians expect the government to adhere to them.
Ukrainians deserve equality before the law. All citizens deserve the presumption of innocence, a fair trial and a legal system free from political interference. History teaches that the emergence of intervention and revanchism only produce the same thing,” the Canadian Embassy said in a statement.
Petro Poroshenko’s case will be closely monitored, the European Parliament said in a special statement.
“The European Parliament on numerous occasions has advocated for Ukraine’s European perspective, including in its resolutions. This institution considers Ukraine part of our European family not only for geopolitical reasons, but also because our societies share common values. Thanks to the Association Agreement, we are committed to building close and lasting relations based on respect for democratic principles, the rule of law, good governance, human rights and fundamental freedoms,” the statement reads.
The political persecution of the fifth president of Ukraine, chairman of the party European Solidarity Poroshenko also condemned the European leaders who participated in the meeting of EPP Eastern Partnership on 17 June.
“The EPP is very concerned about political cases against former President Poroshenko. The accusations should not resemble politically motivated persecution, nor should they be politically motivated against individual political opponents. Ukraine must not lose the chance to commit to its reform agenda. The EPP will support Ukraine on this path,” EPP President Donald Tusk wrote on Twitter.
Shameful show, held around like “presentation of suspicion” to the fifth president of Ukraine, leader of European Solidarity Petro Poroshenko, does no credit to the government and returns the country back to times of Yanukovych, reads an address to President Zelensky, signed by prominent scientists, public figures and political prisoners of the Soviet regime. They call on Zelensky to end political persecution and focus on consolidating society against Russian aggression instead.