Statement by the International Council in support of Ukraine concerning the Ukraine-Russia strategic partnership agreement

Dec 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Canada, European Union, Events, News, Russia, Ukraine, Ukrainians Worldwide, USA

Toronto, 23 December 2013

With reference to its statement of 5 December 2013 ( that, inter alia, condemns Russia’s political and economic aggression against Ukraine, the International Council in Support of Ukraine (ICSU) states the following concerning the signing by President Putin of Russia and President Yanukovych of Ukraine of an Agreement on the Ukraine-Russia Strategic Partnership in Moscow on 17 December 2013:

  1. The Agreement will lead to the loss of Ukraine’s political and economic sovereignty and accelerate the process of merging Ukraine with Russia via Ukraine’s membership in the Customs Union and the Single Economic Space (SES).

  2. This Agreement will make it impossible for Ukraine to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and is leading Ukraine towards post-colonial dependence on the former imperialist center within the zone of a restored Soviet Union, which will pose a geopolitical threat to Europe and the Western world.

  3. ICSU continues to express its solidarity with the demands of Euromaidan and unity with the people of Ukraine in their aspirations for their country to become a full-fledged member of the EU.

  4. ICSU condemns the illegal and brutal violence against peaceful demonstrators by the Berkut riot police units and demands that those responsible be held accountable to the full extent of the law.

  5. ICSU calls for the release of imprisoned innocent demonstrators as well as all political prisoners from Ukraine’s jails, along with a Presidential pardon and the release of the imprisoned Yulia Tymoshenko, former Рrime Minister of Ukraine.

  6. ICSU supports Euromaidan’s demands of 18 December 2013 calling for the government and the opposition to initiate public negotiations (broadcast live on television) with equal representation for representatives of the government, the opposition, and public representatives.

  7. ICSU supports Euromaidan’s demands of 18 December 2013 calling for the resignation of the Cabinet of Ministers headed by Mykola Azarov and the peaceful removal from power of President Yanukovych by constitutional means, according to the will of the people of Ukraine.

  8. ICSU welcomes the willingness of the EU Council on Foreign Relations to sign the Association Agreement and Free Trade Agreement in accordance with the terms of the heretofore completed negotiations.

  9. ICSU welcomes the European Parliament’s message to the European Commission to reject the proposal for Russia to be part of the process of Ukraine’s signing of the Association Agreement and to implement countermeasures regarding any violations by Russia of the World Trade Organization’s regulations concerning trade as a political weapon.

  10. ICSU welcomes the EU Declaration issued on 19 December 2013 outlining six points concerning its willingness to sign the Agreement and expressing the EU’s support for Ukrainians who are demonstrating in favor of European integration.

  11. ICSU appeals to governments and parliaments of states with Ukrainian communities and organizations affiliated with the ICSU to condemn the political and economic aggression against Ukraine by Russia, which contravenes international guarantees of Ukraine’s state independence and security.

  12. ICSU appeals to the international community to consider implementing sanctions against government officials of Ukraine and Russia, who are ignoring their constitutional responsibilities concerning civil and human rights, as well as international norms concerning non-intervention and interference in the internal affairs of independent countries.

  13. ICSU urges the international community to strengthen civil society in Ukraine by simplifying the visa regime, granting scholarships to young people, organizing cultural and scholarly exchanges, and supporting and strengthening the work of NGOs.

  14. ICSU expresses sincere gratitude to the international community and prominent persons, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague, and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop; legislators such as US Senator John McCain and other members of Parliaments around the world; famous celebrities like Paul McCartney and George Clooney, journalists, and civic-minded citizens of numerous countries for their heartfelt and dedicated support of Ukraine’s Euromaidan.

On behalf of the Presidium of the International Council in Support of Ukraine,

Yuri Shymko, President

Borys Potapenko, Vice-President

The International Council in Support of Ukraine, which encompassescivicorganizationsinUkraine, USA, Canada, UnitedKingdom, Australia, Argentina, Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, andGreece, wasfoundedin 1967 to serve asthecoordinatingbody of Ukrainian nation-statehood organizations in the Free World. Its principal goal was the restoration of the independent, united, and democratic Ukrainian national state that existed briefly after the First World War and which was later proclaimed at the beginning of the Second World War. These acts of self-determination and national emancipation included a protracted liberation struggle against the Soviet and Nazi occupiers of Ukraine. The first two presidents of the ICSU were imprisoned in the Nazi concentration camps of Auschwitz and Sachsenhausen. In previous years, the ICSU was called the International Conference in Support of Ukraine and the World Ukrainian Nation-Statehood Front, and, prior to the proclamation of Ukrainian independence in 1991, it was known as the World Ukrainian Liberation Front. Like its predecessors, the ICSU is a member of the executive of the Ukrainian World Congress.

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