Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says the imprisonment by the Russian-controlled court in Crimea of Akhtem Chiygoz is an act of political revenge against patriots of Ukraine who defended the country’s territorial integrity and sovereignty.
“Akhtem Chiygoz is the best son of his people, who showed courage among occupants and enemies. This tragic injustice against Chiygoz speaks of the insecurity, immorality and lack of spirituality of the occupiers, who threw in jail a person who fought for his people’s freedom,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a rally by Crimean Tatars in Kyiv’s Independence Square.
According to the politician, the intimidation of Crimean Tatars in Crimea by Russian authorities is unacceptable and is a violation of their human rights and freedom.
“The occupiers have no future. There is no force that can keep Chiygoz behind bars once the walls of occupation fall,” said the parliamentarian.
Yulia Tymoshenko thanked the Crimea Tatars for standing with Ukraine in its struggle for independence.
“We relied on the Crimean Tatar people, as part of our Ukrainian nation. We fought together for the right to live on our land,” she said.
The parliamentarian also stressed that the struggle to return the Crimean peninsula to Ukrainian jurisdiction will not be easy, but that the occupiers must face full responsibility for crimes committed.
“The occupiers fill be held responsible before God and before the families of those killed. Ukraine will be free and whole, our territories will be returned, and the Crimean Tatars will live on their land. But we must endure this struggle to the end,” Yulia Tymoshenko concluded.