Denisova: Putin Wants to Eliminate Ukrainian Linguistic, Cultural and National Identity
Denisova said that she will do her best to release all Ukrainian hostages
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Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to completely eliminate Ukrainian linguistic, cultural and national identity in the occupied territories, Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s human rights commissioner wrote on Facebook.
On Jan 12, Ukraine celebrates The Day of Political Prisoners. It was Jan. 12, 1972, when the second wave of political arrests of Ukrainian intellectuals began. Dozens of Ukrainian dissenters were accused of “anti-Soviet agitation.”
The issue of politically-motivated persecutions is extremely relevant to today’s Ukraine, Denisova said.
More than 80 Ukrainian political prisoners continue to live in illegal detention, convicted on false charges.
“The Russian regime, surpassing Soviet totalitarianism, again launched terror against Ukrainians,” Denisova said. “Men and women are being abducted; their houses are being checked, arrested, tortured, charged with trumped-up accusations. Although the only reason for Ukrainians to get persecuted in Russia is, in fact, for their civic stance,” Denisova said.
Denisova said that she will do her best to release all Ukrainian hostages. On Jan. 10, Denisova flew to Odesa to meet with the relatives of the Ukrainian sailors who were captured near the Kerch Strait and are currently detained in Russia.
“Let me quote the words of the political prisoner, Volodymyr Balukh, who in the court said to the judge, ‘Everyone chooses the price for his love for the motherland.’ I am convinced that it is love to the motherland that will help Ukrainian political prisoners withstand all torture and become victorious.”
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