Open Statement to the International Democratic Community from Ukraine

Kyiv: Dec.12, 2013

In the middle of the night, from 10 to 11 December 2013, Ukrainian special forces troops started another brutal attack on the peaceful demonstrators in Kyiv. Aside from the regular police, militia men were also widely involved, having been brought from the depressed cities of eastern Ukraine. Some of them were deployed to cause provocations, as it had been done during the scripted assault on the interior troops at the building of President’s Administration on December 1.

This time the Government and their local and Russian political technologists started to conduct “Nazi-like” activities amongst the protesters. More than a dozen young individuals wearing helmets with swastika and armed with armature rods were trying to break through to Maidan and stir up a fight with the police. Fortunately, the protesters prevented them just in time.

This incident could have been dismissed if there had been no ongoing campaign conducted for years by Moscow-financed agents in Ukraine, Russia and the West to discredit Ukraine, the Ukrainian people, the Ukrainian nationalist movement, and the modern Ukrainian democratic opposition. The campaign’s aim is to undermine national aspirations to Ukrainian independence and sovereignty, in order to recapture Ukraine and incorporate it into a newly restored Russian Empire. The main message of this campaign is to depict Ukrainians as perpetual xenophobes and pogrom-orchestrators, anti-Semites and Nazi accomplices. It is obvious that today we have to deal with efforts at ascribing the same image to those who came out to protest against the actions of the President Yanukovych and his subordinates.

As a result of this, we want to emphasize that the current protests in Ukraine have brought to life the desire of the vast majority of the Ukrainian society to permanently and peacefully integrate into European civilization. The Ukrainian people are willing and eager to adopt and incorporate the values of the European political and economic community—in particular, implementing modern, universally accepted human standards of relations among individuals, peoples, confessions, etc. The main principle of the protest movement, approved by all opposition parties and regular participants of the protests, is the refusal to use force and allow any divisions in the Ukrainian political nation.

We urge the International Democratic Community not to believe the provocations of the security services, to resolutely condemn the violence by the current Government of Ukraine and to support the aspirations of the Ukrainian people toward Freedom and Democracy.

Head of Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People

President of the Ukraine Psychiatrists Association, human rights activist and former political prisoner

Editor-in-chief of “Forum of Nations” newspaper

Vice-Rector of Ukrainian Catholic University, human rights activist and former political prisoner

Leading researcher of Museum of Kyiv History, Executive Secretary of the «Babyn Yar» Public Committee

The Ukraine National Academy of Sciences academician, Director of the Institute of Philosophy

Director of the Representative Office in Ukraine of the Union of Councils for the Jews in the Former Soviet Union

Editor-in-chief of Independent Cultural Magazine “JI”

Chairman of the Ukraine Association of Jewish Organizations and Communities, Executive Vice-President of the Congress of National Communities of Ukraine, human rights activist and former political prisoner

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