I invite agrarians to join the ‘battle for land’

22:50 03.10.2019

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Agrarian and Land Policy at its October 11 meeting will consider Batkivshchyna’s draft law on the ban on agricultural land sales and called on Ukrainian agrarians to unite efforts to oppose the government’s plan to open up the land market.

“On October 11 there will be a committee meeting where we will consider the government bill on agricultural land sales and other bills. We have introduced an alternative bill to ban the sale of agricultural land. It’s impossible to get good terms of land sale for you in this country under these authorities. Either we stop this process or we’ll be cheated,” Yulia Tymoshenko said at a rally by the Verkhovna Rada, addressing Ukrainian agrarians who came to Kyiv demanding that the Verkhovna Rada, President and government not open the land market.

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The politician stressed that it is important that agrarians and representatives of civil society be at the Committee meeting in order to give a combined “first fight.”

“This fight will make them aware that under no circumstances can they make a decision behind the back of the Ukrainian people that will destroy our future forever,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko reminded that sociological research shows that Ukrainian society is against the opening of the land market. In her opinion, that is why the Ukrainian authorities do not want to hold a referendum on this issue.

“83% of Ukrainians are against selling land, including to foreigners. That is why they are not considering Batkivshchyna’s bills on holding referendums and on the sale of agricultural land. We need to demand the fulfillment of the responsibilities that the President of Ukraine undertook: to hold a referendum, and to make decisions in parliament on the basis of people’s decisions. We demand a referendum,” she said.

The politician also warned that the country’s independence and sovereignty would be jeopardized if the government bill on land sale is passed.

“It is not just the sale of land, it is the sale of the territory of Ukraine. And if they didn’t take over us through war, now they will be able buy 72% of the territory of Ukraine for nothing, without any restrictions. This directly threatens Ukraine’s national security,” she warned.

Yulia Tymoshenko thanked the people at the rally for their position in support of land and, therefore, Ukraine’s independence.

“Thank you for putting aside your work and coming to Kyiv to stand up not only for agricultural land, the right to live and work on it, but also for Ukraine. Because the sovereignty of Ukraine and the sale of agricultural land at auction are incompatible things,” the parliamentarian concluded.