"The Maidan did everything to ensure that there could never be political repression again in Ukraine. But today our fellow citizens suffer from aggressive and illegal actions of a totalitarian country where the term 'law' does not exist at all, because the tyrant substitutes the law," he wrote on his official website on Sunday, May 21, when Ukraine is honoring the victims of political repression.
According to him, citizens are today commemorating more than half a million Ukrainians – victims of political repression who have been subjected to cruel torture and harassment.
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"It seemed it would never happen again, but the political leadership of Russia is now resorting to terror and aggression towards the population not only of its own state, but also of neighboring countries. Political repression, political prisoners in Russian prisons and concentration camps – all this has again become a reality. [Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia] Roman Sushchenko, Oleh Sentsov, Oleksandr Kolchenko ... This list of Ukrainian patriots is too long...," he said.
Turchynov says the task of the Ukrainian authorities is to do everything to ensure that all political prisoners and prisoners of war kept behind bars in Russia could return home.
"Totalitarian empires and their Fuhrers always have a one-way ticket," Turchynov added.