After the failure of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (the comeback of Russia), Ukraine mastered the courage to withdraw the invitation to elections for them. Even the Ministry of Foreign Affairs doesn’t know what will be the result of this demarche: the breakup with EU or the compulsion to respect our interests. Meanwhile, Shariy and Klyuyev are hungry for power and Russia in all international negotiations puts pressure on Ukraine. Important in details – in a weekly digest from Opinion.
The speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy withdrew an invitation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to allocate their observers for the early parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Such a decision was made after the organization accepted back Russia that had been kept in isolation due to the annexation of Crimea and the war in Donbas. Moreover, euro-deputies voted for the project which actually forbids the punishment of offenders of international law.
“There won’t be observers but the first small group of observers is already here. This the question of principle. We believe that the Assembly lost its institutional, moral and political authority. What right does it have to comment on the development of democratic processes or elections in Ukraine?” the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the Council of Europe Dmytro Kuleba added.
After that, representatives of Sweden to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe joined the statement of Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Slovakia, Estonia and Georgia, who made a demarche after the return of the Russian delegation to the PACE.
Our action could barely be called a failure since we have been joined by Great Britain and the USA. By this demarche, Ukraine has shown its subjectivity, albeit in losing conditions.
But while Ukraine is struggling with Russia’s influence on the international scene, its “agents” are actively trying to get into power inside the country.
The Central Election Commission registered the ex-chairman of Viktor Yanukovych’s Presidential Administration Andriy Klyuyev and the pro-Russian blogger Anatoliy Shariy (who is hiding abroad) as candidates for the early elections to the Verkhovna Rada.
Andriy Klyuyev is suspected of the fight of students’ demonstration on the Maidan on November 30, 2013. At the time of the shooting of protesters, Klyuyev headed the Presidential Administration of Yanukovych. From the country, he fled at the end of February 2014 unhindered, despite the suspicion of involvement in butchery. Klyuyev is also suspected of seizing state property by abusing his official position by prior agreement with a group of individuals, repeatedly and on a large scale.
On February 7, 2012, Shariy was wanted on criminal charges. On March 19 of the same year, he said that he stayed in the European Union and asked for asylum in Lithuania. In his blog on YouTube, he propagandizes Kremlin’s activity in Ukraine.
First, the CEC refused to register Klyuyev. But the Supreme Court upheld the side of the ex-official who insisted that he had lived in occupied Donetsk for the last 5 years.
The CEC stated that they don’t have any other options than the implementation of the decision of the Supreme Court. The Court itself said it only obliged the CEC to review the documents of the scandalous officials but didn’t order the commission to register them.
On condition of Klyuyev’s return, he would be immediately arrested since he is wanted. There’s the court’s decision on his deportation. Klyuyev faces up to 12 years imprisonment.
After the scandal and intervention of the GPU and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Central Election Commission had to suspend politicians from the elections.
But the work of the Russian secret service doesn’t end here. Before the parliamentary elections, the level advertorial in the nationwide online media increased by 22% compared with the period prior to the presidential election. The most hidden advertising with signs of an order is being published by the site of “112 Ukraine” TV channel which belongs to Putin’s pal Viktor Medvedchuk.
This is stated in the study of the Institute of Mass Media, which was conducted from June 24 to 28. During this period, IMM experts found 320 materials with order signs, only 4% of them were marked as advertising, although this marking didn’t comply with the Law “On Advertising”.
“The largest number of materials with order signs was found on the site of “112 Ukraine” TV channel – 98 materials for five days of monitoring, 93% of these materials concerned one political force – “Opposition Platform – For Life” and its representatives,” the statement said.
The top three “leaders” also includes the site “Znay.ua” and another channel of Medvedchuk – NewsOne.
While a significant percentage of media is engaged in Russian propaganda, Putin sets his terms to the Ukrainian president.
“Dialogue is possible if Zelensky begins to fulfil his election promises, including establishing direct contacts with his compatriots in Donbas, stopping to call them separatists,” Putin said.
Recall that recently press-secretary of Putin, Dmitry Peskov said about the readiness of Putin to meet with Zelensky.
But while Russians create on camera the image of wise negotiators, in Donbas their soldiers are shooting at Ukrainians. Almost for a week, OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine can’t carry out the verification of disengagement near Stanytsia Luhanska.
“There are certain concerns, for example, non-dismantled fortification constructions which could be occupied in ten minutes and, accordingly, the shelling will continue,” the deputy commander of the Joint Forces Major-General Bohdan Bondar explained.
At the same time, according to him, the Ukrainian army on its side began to dismantle fortifications.
“We agreed yesterday when there was the Deputy-Chief Monitor Mark Etherington. He himself saw that we dismantled these fortifications,” Bondar said.
At the Minsk negotiations, the Ukrainian side failed to reach a truce.
“Seeing Russia’s position, we failed to make any progress on the implementation of the truce or to agree on the release of detained persons,” the press secretary of the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) Darka Olifer said.
Russia has decided to convene a meeting of the UN Security Council for the second time over the Ukrainian language law. The speaker of the Permanent Mission of Ukraine to the United Nations, Oleh Nikolenko, said this on Facebook.
“Soon we will see the second act of the theatre of absurd in the UN Security Council. Russia’s delegation turned to the Ukrainian language law in the UN Security Council for the second time. Today, during the approval of the program of work for the current month, this meeting was scheduled for July 16,” he wrote.
According to him, the formal reason was the enactment of the law. “However, everyone understands that Moscow is interested not so much in the language law as in an opportunity to destabilize the situation in Ukraine. The Ukrainian delegation to the UN has repeatedly stated that the language law is an internal issue of our state. The UN Security Council has no relations to it,” Nikolenko said.
In conditions of total destabilization of Ukraine as a subject of international politics, the loosening of the internal political situation, it is extremely necessary for Ukrainians to unite in order to save the country.
But according to sociological surveys, the party “Servant of the People” remains the leader of the electoral sympathies among the political forces – 42.3% of those who intended to vote and set priorities are ready to support it. Also, the top three leaders include the pro-Russian party of Medvedchuk “Opposition Platform – For Life” (13.4%) and the party “European Solidarity” (8.3%).
Text by Kostyantyn Rul