Former Czech Senator Vlastimil Sehnal has announced he has been on hunger strike for almost a week in support of jailed former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Nevertheless, he opposes plans by EU politicians to boycott attendance of the European football championships to be played in Ukraine and Poland saying they should instead complain loudly on Ukrainian soil about Tymoshenko’s treatment.
Czech Ambassador Ivan Počuch has hinted the EU may not enter into an association agreement with Ukraine that the two sides are due to sign on March 30. Speaking in an interview with the Ukrainian daily Den, he also defended the EU’s ambassador to Kiev against recent accusations by the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry following remarks about President Janukovych.
Bohdan Danylyshyn, a former Ukrainian economics minister in the government of Yulia Tymoshenko granted asylum in the Czech Republic in January 2011, says he will join forces with the “Orange Revolution” heroine’s husband — who was also given refuge here in December — to work to have her released from prison in Kiev. He says the Tymoshenkos’ daughter, Yevhenia, will head the European-wide campaign, which will likely be based in Prague.
Oleksandr Tymoshenko, the husband of imprisoned former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has called on world leaders to protect his wife from what he says are the government's efforts to “destroy” her. In one of his first interviews since being granted asylum in the Czech Republic on Jan. 6, he told RFE/RL’s Ukrainian Service the government of President Viktor Yanukovych “does not need Yulia Tymoshenko alive.”
The husband of Yulia Tymoshenko — the former Ukrainian prime minister swept to power in the Orange Revolution now in prison for abuse of office in connection with gas deals sealed with Russia in 2009 — has been granted asylum in the Czech Republic. Oleksandr Tymoshenko was arrested in 2000 along with his wife on charges of embezzling $800,000 in public funds and forging customs documents to import Russian gas.
Speaking in Prague on Monday, Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said his country is interested in boosting business cooperation with Czech firms. At the same time, negotiations between the head of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barosso and Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych struggled to make a show of breaking deadlock on an Association Agreement.
The Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs has condemned the outcome of the trial of former Ukrainian prime minister and the country’s leading opposition figure, Yulia Tymoshenko. A Kiev district court on Tuesday found her guilty of abuse of office in connection with gas deals sealed with Russia in 2009, sentenced her to seven years in prison, ordered her to pay a fine of around Kč 3.4 billion, and banned from participating in politics for the length of her sentence.
The Forum 2000 Foundation, a pro-democracy platform founded by former Czech president Václav Havel, Japanese philanthropist Yohei Sasakawa, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, has expressed deep concern about political developments in Ukraine since Viktor Yanukovych became the country’s president in February 2010.