Batkivshchyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko says the current government is systematically repressing members of her party by opening criminal cases against them. Petro Poroshenko is also demanding that deputies who allegedly crossed the border illegally be stripped of their deputy immunity.
“I am aware that President Poroshenko convened a meeting with representatives of the security forces to destroy our team and me personally by demanding the immediate submission to the Verkhovna Rada of a request to strip me of my deputy immunity and bring me to criminal liability for allegedly crossing the state border illegally. The president wants in this way to prevent me from standing in the presidential election,” Yulia Tymoshenko said live on channel NewsOne.
The politician stressed said that information that she illegally crossed the border is false, and that the government is trying to manipulate facts and public opinion. The parliamentarian added that she is ignoring these claims because there was no violation of the law.
“Mr. President, I want to say that I will personally write a statement to remove my immunity. I wasn’t afraid of Yanukovych’s court and I’m not afraid of Poroshenko and his repressions, because my conscience is clear before God and the people of Ukraine, and their repressions will not work,” said the Batkivshchyna faction leader.
Yulia Tymoshenko also stressed that oligarch clans led by President Poroshenko are destroying all the democratic pro-European opposition forces in Ukraine. She said that searches continue of regional party offices and members.
“Many of our activists are being searched and criminal cases opened against them. For example, today Kostyantyn Bondarev’s home and office were searched and turned upside down,” she said.
The deputy said the searches are a form of intimidation because “as head of the Batkivshchyna oblast organization, Kostyantyn Bondarev and their team in the oblast rada passed a decision to appeal to the Verkhovna Rada to impeach the president. After this, the terror against him began.”
The politician also added that Kyiv City Council deputy Oleksandr Bereznikov’s premises were also searched today.
Yulia Tymoshenko stressed that Batkivshchyna will continue to fight for its initiatives to protect the interests of citizens despite the constant intimidation of its party members.