The French Communist Party gives its backing and its total solidarity to the Ukrainian communists following the shameful declarations of Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, who has clearly advocated the elimination of the Communist Party of the Ukraine in the early legislative elections.
Poroshenko stated the Communist Party of the Ukraine “does not have the right to appear in the Ukrainian political spectrum due to the crimes committed in the past and in our times.” Another leading candidate of the Poroshenko Block, Vitali Klitschko, added that “for the first time in its history, anti-Ukrainian forces, including the Communist Party, having always been the Kremlin’s fifth column” will not be represented in Parliament.
All of this is done in the name of the European values by which the Ukrainian oligarchs claim to be inspired.
The odious activities of neo-fascist forces are today tolerated and encouraged in the Ukraine and it must be pointed out that they have largely contributed to the governing Block’s campaign. Worse, they have engaged in brutalities and intolerable crimes – yesterday as today – against the communists, the democrats, and the Ukrainian people whose real values are particularly marked by the struggle against fascism and Nazism.
The French communists cannot tolerate such declarations while the activists, the leaders and in particular the general secretary of the Communist Party of the Ukraine have been the victims of physical attacks, threatened with being outlawed and their party made incapable of conducting a campaign in normal democratic conditions.
The French communists call on all the democratic forces in our country and in Europe to exercise the greatest vigilance, in particular so that an end will be put to this veritable witch-hunt as of by-gone times.
It is in this sense that they renew their entire solidarity with the Communist Party of the Ukraine and its general secretary Piotr Simonenko.
Original French article: Le PCF dénonce la volonté du président Petro Porochenko d’éliminer les communistes ukrainiens
Photo: Relatives of 14-year-old Daniil Kuznetsov grieve at his coffin during funeral at a local cemetery in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Nov. 7. The rebel stronghold of Donetsk mourned the two teenagers who were killed in an artillery strike on a high school by Ukrainian government forces. Mstyslav Chernov/AP