30 November 2018, 15:05


Italian MEP: Ukrainian martial law muzzles press as election approaches

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MEP Eleonora Forenza also urges EU to maitain zero tolerance towards Nazi nostalgia

LUGANSK, November 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Ukrainian president Petr Poroshenko decision to declare martial law erodes democratic space and freedom of speech In the country, said member of the European Parliament from Italy Eleonora Forenza.

Ukraine declared martial law on November 26 after the Kerch incident. The martial law provides military authorities and president with unprecedented powers, while limiting democratic rights and civil liberties of citizens.

Three Ukrainian navy vessels triggered a sharp escalation in tensions in the Kerch Strait on Sunday, November 25, as they illegally entered Russian territorial waters in an apparently premediated attempt to break through Russian border control between the Black and Azov Seas. The three ships were dangerously maneuvering in a busy strait ignoring legitimate demands to stop issued by vessels belonging to the FSB Border Service and the Black Sea Fleet; Russian forces had to use force to halt the provocation, slightly injuring three Ukrainian marines who later received medical attention. Vessels and 24 crew members were arrested.

Forenza expressed her regret over European countries celebration of Maidan coup fifth anniversary instead of condemnation of infringement of freedoms happening in Ukraine.

"EU countries resort to symbolic gestures when they invite Ukrainian parliament chairman Andrey Parubiy as the main guest to an emergency meeting of the Committee on Foreign Affairs and EuroNest Parliamentary Assembly, while he is notorious for his ambiguous and serious statement on Adolf Hitler himself, saying that Hitler was the first one to use direct democracy for his own purposes."

"What we see in Ukraine is challenged economy, media and opposition under pressure, arrested dissident journalists and the Communist party declared illegal. Allof this is far from promised wellbeing to be achieved by rapprochement with Europe."

Forenza said that EU and NATO support to Ukraine is very dangerous, as the current Ukrainie regime does not guarantee fighting corruption, requested by the European Parliament, while it is openly supported by fascist armed formations.

"I don't think the Ukraine of today is an example of democracy spoken about in Italy and Europe. Stop the indecent policy of supporting Poroshenko. Zero tolerance policy should be maintained in relation to any nazi nostalgia, especially by the European Parliament."

LuganskMediaCentre — 30 November — Lugansk