Oleh Pankevych
Deputy of Ukraine
Member of the political council of "Svoboda"

May 16 2014 Oleh Pankevych: Actions against Ukrainians in the occupied territories are definitely qualified as "ethnic cleansing"

Svoboda Party calls on the Ukrainian government and the international community with a request to initiate the improvement of the international system of justice with a view to condemning the military aggression of Russia which is a sponsor of terrorism. This was stated on May 16, 2014 in the speech at the Verkhovna Rada (the Parliament of Ukraine) session by the Svoboda Party MP, Deputy Chairman of Svoboda Party Oleh Pankevych. According to his words, actions against Ukrainians in the occupied territories are definitely qualified as "ethnic cleansing".

Svoboda Party expresses gratitude to the Ukrainian military men and law enforcement officers for their efforts to preserve the territorial integrity of Ukraine. We are also grateful to all Ukrainian patriots who, despite the repressions in the occupied by the enemy territories, show a bold front and continue to fight.

Today we can confidently say that, despite the multi-million budgets spent for misinformation, bribery and coaxing, Putin's Russia has failed to break the spirit of Ukrainians. More and more people in the East are beginning to realize the lies of politicians who hide behind the slogan that Donbas is not heard.

Russia has failed to convince the world of its non-involvement in the aggression in Ukraine, the validity of its actions and the truth of its words. The world looks upon the Putin's Russia as the XXI century barbarian, and upon Putin - as the modern Hitler.

In these difficult times we cannot fully rely on external factors to protect our state. We must cherish our Ukrainian power. However, one should keep in mind the positive efforts of the international community - especially the EU and the USA. A series of imposed economic sanctions adjusts the aggressor's behavior. We appreciate it and look forward to continuing and strengthening this policy of support for Ukraine. Because Ukraine cannot be left alone, because Putin's neo-imperialism could easily overstep the line of Ukraine.

And what now is the most important. We must conclude that, despite the "advertised" by Putin massacre of Russian-speakers in Ukraine, we can see the opposite thing: anti-Ukrainian terror. Monsters, calling themselves militias, arrange the hunt for the Ukrainian-speaking people, who wear traditional clothing, show respect for the state symbols of Ukraine. Ukrainians are intimidated, kidnapped, tortured, and killed. It is definitely qualified as "ethnic cleansing" - a policy of ousting particular ethnic group members from certain areas.

In 1999 Miloshevich's associates appeared before the Hague Tribunal for conducting "ethnic cleansing" among Kosovo Albanians. Svoboda Party calls on the Ukrainian government and the international community with a request to initiate the improvement of the international system of justice with a view to enabling the condemnation of such military aggression of Russia which is a sponsor of terrorism", - said Oleh Pankevych.

Press Service of MP of Ukraine Oleh Pankevych