Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko says she and deputies of her faction are supporting Mikheil Saakashvili because the ruling government unfairly stripped him of Ukrainian citizenship.
“We are with Mikheil Saakashvili because we stand for justice. For 26 years the Ukrainian people have been fighting for the right to be a European, democratic and free nation, and after two revolutions I must say that there is still a corrupt dictatorship in Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during a briefing in Przemysl.
Yulia Tymoshenko said that “the name of the president of Ukraine has changed, but the essence of what he does has not!”
The Batkivshchyna leader recalled that President Petro Poroshenko deprived Mikheil Saakashvili of the right to “step foot on the land where he studied, lived, and most recently fought.”
Yulia Tymoshenko underscored that the ruling government has also treated other citizens of Ukraine unfairly: “They are being denied their rights, rule of law is being destroyed. Corruption, dishonesty and injustice have swept the country.”
“We are with Mikheil Saakashvili today because we he was treated unfairly. Here today we are protecting Ukraine from a criminal dictatorship,” the Batkivshchyna leader said.
According to the politician, “Ukrainian society is again divided: not into east and west, but into black and white, good and evil, justice and lawlessness.”
“Today we are on the white side, on the side of justice, rights, values. That is why we are here. I would like to appeal to everyone in Ukraine: Do not be silent! Do not tolerate this! Do not accept this! If we accept this silently, pretend that everything is going the way it should, then we, unfortunately, will not be able to build the Ukraine that Ukrainians have dreamed about. We must continue the struggle because our job is not done,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.
The Batkivshchyna leader urged Ukrainians to believe that, despite the temporary difficulties, everything will be okay.
“No matter how hard things are today, I believe that Ukraine will be a strong European state, and we will see our cause to the end,” she said.