Letter from Yulia Tymoshenko to the world

Yulia Tymoshenko urges supporters to end hunger strikes

pr_b3460.jpgI would like to thank all the democratic leaders, heads of the European Union and the European People’s Party, Ukrainian diaspora, human rights activists and civil society institutionsl around the world, and foreign diplomats in Ukraine for strongly and unanimously standing in defense of Ukraine from Yanukovych’s authoritarian regime, in defense of priceless freedom, human rights and true values.
Our country is in danger and the situation is getting worse every day. Ukraine has been captured by several clans, who are seizing its financial and material resources, building dictatorship. Ukraine must be rescued urgently using the most effective and radical measures, before it’s too late!

There may simply be no more fair elections in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people can’t take on this strong, cynical and cruel enemy on its own. I ask the entire democratic world in this historical moment for Ukraine to join efforts with civil society, the opposition and the people of Ukraine to defend a free, democratic and European Ukraine – before it’s too late, because we’re one step away from the point of no return.

I would also like to thank all the people, all my supporters, that have gone on a hunger strike as a sign of solidarity with me. But I urge them to not risk their health, to not take on this difficult challenge, because I personally know how difficult every day and every hour is when you’re not eating, how much spiritual and physical strength it takes from you. I ask you to end your hunger strike! I know even without such difficult self sacrifice that you are dedicated to our idea and our struggle, and that there is no force that can break you. But don’t ruin your health.

I thank everyone who is praying for Ukraine, for our people, for my fate and health. I am grateful to everyone who is supporting me in this difficult moment, who stands in protest outside the prison, courts, Pechersk court, SIZO, who is with me and Ukraine with their soul. I love you and believe that we will ultimately be able to change everything, that our efforts aren’t in vain in this difficult time. Faith and hard work will change everything for the better.

Yulia Tymoshenko
Kachanivska prison, Kharkiv
May 7, 2012

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