Yulia Tymoshenko: politicians must stop trying to spark a cold civil war
Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is urging Ukraine's politicians to stop using linguistic and historical antagonisms in their political and electoral technologies, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.
"I am asking the ruling team, opposition, civil society, historians, intellectuals and patriots to stop escalating a cold civil war, not prove the sincerity of their patriotism and love of Ukraine by opening the wounds of Ukraine’s complex history. Politicians, stop ripping the electorate into your private pieces, fueling ideological dissent over the past, starting a war of monuments, languages and medals. This is cruel and suicidal," Yulia Tymoshenko wrote in her article "Europe Day" for LB.ua.
In her opinion, politicians should publicly recognize the diversity of Ukraine – that it is multilingual, patriotic, nationalistic, liberal, socialist, pro-European, pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian. "And if you wish it good, you must accept her, understand her and love her the way she is. Stop escalating hostilities between yourselves and start living our European future," the ex-premier is convinced.
Yulia Tymoshenko also suggested holding a nationwide roundtable with politicians from all camps. "I once again ask politicians from all camps, for the sake of our children, for the sake of our nation, to gather a national roundtable and adopt a declaration on a moratorium on using linguistic and historical antagonism in your political and electoral technologies, a moratorium on public aggression based on inter-party and inter-personal relationships," she stressed.
"Declare your principled opposition to dirty political talk shows that are devaluing Ukrainian statehood, discrediting all Ukrainian politicians and officials. I am urging you in this declaration to agree to simultaneously end both the 'Rise Up, Ukraine!' campaign and the so-called ‘anti-fascist’ movement and make a joint action plan for Ukraine’s integration into the European Union. Everyone in politics and society must step away from the border of self-destruction and deadly civil turbulence. Don’t allow ordinary Ukrainians to take aggression out on one another borne by social and legal injustice. Is that not why you plan to allow them to arm themselves with pneumatic weapons? Instead of peacefully removing from power the current professionally unsuitable group, you’re inciting people to hate and kill one another through ‘antifascism’. I ask you once again – the opposition and government – to publicly initiate a roundtable of understanding and stop this dangerous scenario," Yulia Tymoshenko said.