Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko has called the refusal by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine to open proceedings in a case filed by 55 deputies seeking to have the moratorium on the sale of farmland recognized illegal a victory for Ukraine.
“All the attempts to pressure the Constitutional Court into finding the moratorium on the sale of farmland illegal proved to be futile. The judges made the only correct decision. This is a victory for Ukraine over the corruption and arbitrariness that today rule the ball,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.
The politician cited article 13 of the Constitution of Ukraine, which states that “land and its resources are the property of the Ukrainian people,” and said that land cannot be sold while the socioeconomic situation in Ukraine is critical because farmers don’t have the money to buy land.
“Selling land at current prices will make farmers beggars. Instead, oligarchs and foreigners will buy up our most valuable resource for pennies. We will lose our food independence, and 14 million farmers will be erased from life because they will not be needed,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.
According to the Batkivshchyna Party leader, the decision by the Constitutional Court of Ukraine means that “Ukraine still has a chance and tremendous resources to lift the economy and put the country on its feet after a full reboot of power.”
The politician also recalled that the Batkivshchyna team has developed a comprehensive program that would revive the agrarian sector by supporting small farms. In her opinion, agricultural land should remain state-owned and those who own shares of land should be able to sell them at market price to the community or state.