EU Foreign Ministers decide to wait and see on football boycott
However, the bloc’s 27 foreign ministers meeting in Brussels agreed to put on ice talks over Ukraine’s deepening political association and economic integration with the EU. The EU has been critical of Ukraine over the alleged ill-treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
US: Visit to Tymoshenko
The U.S. Government continues to call for Mrs. Tymoshenko’s release, the release of other members of her former government and the restoration of their full civil and political rights.
PACE co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Ukraine to visit Yulia Tymoshenko
Mailis Reps and Marietta de Pourbaix-Lundin will visit former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in Kharkiv on 16 May. They will also talk to the lawyers of the imprisoned former government ministers, Yuriy Lutsenko and Valeriy Ivashchenko.
Brief lesson in the law for the Prosecutor General
Oleksandr Bukalov from Donetsk Memorial, an organization particularly active in upholding prisoners’ rights has responded to the Prosecutor General’s recent public statement about the bruises on imprisoned opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
Lithuanian President issues strong warning after visit to Tymoshenko
Lithuania’s President Dalia Grybauskaite was the first President to be allowed to visit imprisoned former Prime Minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday. After her visit she told journalists that Europe’s trust in Ukraine is diminishing.
Forensic experts confirm Tymoshenko has two bruises
Ms Tymoshenko alleges that she was beaten when taken by force to a Kharkiv hospital. A forensic expert on Thursday confirmed that she has two bruises on her body, but was unable as yet to explain their origin.
Lithuanian President plans Tymoshenko Visit
President Dalia Grybauskaite;s plans were announced on the same day that German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the the Bundestag that Ukraine was a dictatorship and likened it to its authoritarian neighbor, Belarus
Poland’s President Komarowski urges changes to Ukrainian law
President Bronisław Komorowski appealed on Wednesday to all political forces in Ukraine for changes in the Ukrainian laws that would make sentencing for political activity on the basis of criminal law impossible
Yulia Tymoshenko moved to a Kharkiv hospital
The former Prime Minister has been moved to hospital to be treated for back pain and the effects of a hunger strike she declared on 22 April after allegedly being beaten by Penitentiary Service employees. It was also announced on Wednesday that she was ending her hunger strike.
Europe Day blunt message to Ukraine’s leaders
In an interview to mark Europe Day, the Head of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy was categorical that the Association Agreement is “also a political agreement and so the way Ukraine is dealing with the former Prime Minister, Ioulia Timoshenko, is just unacceptable
Court rejects Lutsenko application for trial investigation
On Tuesday the Kyiv Court of Appeal held a preliminary hearing into the appeal filed by former Interior Minister and opposition leader against a sentence condemned by the international community as politically motivated
Tymoshenko case: Ukraine postpones European summit
Ukraine has postponed a summit of Central and East European leaders planned for this week after at least 12 countries said they would boycott it in connection with Europe-wide concern about the treatment of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko
More than 9.6 housand Poles have so far signed the Tymoshenko appeal (updated figure)
The appeal written by Chief Editor Adam Michnik, himself a former political prisoner, calling for the release of Yulia Tymoshenko and other political prisoners, has been signed by Andrzej Waida, Tadeusz Mazowiecki and a number of other prominent Polish figures.
Carl Bildt: Ukraine is heading towards authoritarianism
Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt believes that Ukraine is oscillating between democracy and authoritarianism but is tilting to the latter.
Adam Michnik: Free Yulia Tymoshenko
Ukrainians must hear that Poland is on the side of Ukraine’s freedom and not on the side of those who are trampling that freedom (Open Appeal - 9.3 thousand signature on the fourth day )
Yulia Tymoshenko to undergo treatment under German doctors’ supervision
German doctors travelled to Ukraine on Friday to examine fthe former Prime Minister who has been on hunger strike since 22 April after allegedly being beaten
Prosecutor refuses to initiate criminal investigation over Tymoshenkos allegations
Despite calls from a huge number of countries, European structures and international NGOs, no independent investigation has been carried out, and the Prosecutor’s internal investigation has found no grounds for complaint
Statement by European Commissioner Responsible for Sport
Ms Vassiliou shares the concerns expressed over the political situation in Ukraine and has decided “that it would not be appropriate under the current circumstances for me to attend any matches taking place in Ukraine. This view is shared by the President and the other members of the European Commission.
9 Heads of State thus far to boycott Presidential Summit in Yalta
The office of Croatia’s President Ivo Josipovic has announced that due to the imprisonment of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, he will not be attending the Central and East European States’ Presidential Meeting in Yalta.
US Secretary of State expresses concern over treatment of Tymoshenko
Hillary Clinton said photographs of Tymoshenko released by a human rights official call into question the conditions of her confinement. Clinton also expressed concern at the treatment of imprisoned officials in Tymoshenko’s former government and called for their release.