US State Department calls for release of Tymoshenko and other government officials
At the US State Department briefing on 27 December, Mark Toner stressed that the government officials presently held in custody should be able to participate fully in political life, including next year’s parliamentary elections."
Mark C. Toner
"The United States was disappointed that the Kyiv Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Dec. 23 and did not address concerns about democracy and rule of law raised in the initial trial and sentencing. We urge the government of Ukraine to free Mrs. Tymoshenko and the other former government officials currently in detention. We believe that they should have an unrestricted ability to participate fully in political life, including next year’s parliamentary elections."