The Association of Ukrainians in Great Britain (AUGB) has expressed its deep disappointment over the sentencing of Yulia Tymoshenko.

In a letter to the Ukrainian Ambassador in London, Volodymyr Khandogiy, the AUGB said that the trial and the selective persecution of other opposition figures illustrates the depth of stagnation within Ukraine's judiciary system, which is itself dependent upon a corrupt political structure.  

Whilst fully supporting the statements made by leading European politicians, including the UK's Foreign Secretary, the President of the European Parliament and the High Representative of the European Union, the AUGB went on to call for the release of Y. Tymoshenko and other opposition figures.

If this does not happen - the letter continues - then the current leadership in Ukraine will allow the country to become isolated from the EU and its partners.  "Who will then be sat in the dock of the "independent" Pechersk court and be held to account for damages/losses caused by Ukraine's complete isolation?"

The letter notes that these events will undoubtedly have an impact on relations between the AUGB and the Embassy of Ukraine, a matter which will be reviewed during the next meeting of the AUGB's General Council.




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