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Letter to the European Community

His Excellency Jerzy Buzek
President of the European Parliament

His Excellency Herman Van Rompuy
President of the European Council

His Excellency José Manuel Barroso
President of the European Commission

His Excellency Thorbjørn Jagland
Secretary General of the Council of Europe

His Excellency Audronius Ažubalis
OSCE Chairperson-in-Office

His Excellency Ambassador Štefan Füle
European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy

The Honourable Pawel Kowal
Chair of the European Parliament Delegation to
the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Cooperation Committee

The Honourable Heidi Hautala
Chair of the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights

His Excellency Ambassador Thomas Hammarberg
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

His Excellency Ambassador Janez Lenarčič
OSCE Director of the
Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights

May 25, 2011

Open Letter to the European Community

Ukrainian Public Organization “Orange Wave” (U.S.) being a member of Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) is joining the UWC letter to the European Community (http://ukrainianworldcongress.org/news.php/news/550) and would like to express a deep concern and resentment to the events currently unfolding in Ukraine. Social, legal and economic hardships forced us, along with millions of our compatriots to leave our country and seek a better life throughout the world. While not all of us would be able to return back to Ukraine, all of us are concerned about the future of our families, brothers and sisters.

Our ancient nation – the heart of all Eastern European civilizations – has been paying an extremely high price to withstand our right to exist. Our history is ridden with losses of millions of lives that had been sacrificed for our independence. First, nomadic tribes, wars with invaders and occupation by foreign empires constantly tore out our patient and hardworking people and our land. Often the only distinction has been our language, culture and traditions. However, we sustained the hardest hit from an empire called the USSR. First, invading Bolshevik army from Russia destroyed the newly created Ukrainian Peoples Republic. Later, this empire murdered millions of Ukrainians during Holodomor of 1932-33, which is recognized as genocide by many world nations.

Ukraine was also the main battlefield for the two bloodthirsty empires in 1941-1945. It is common knowledge that economic and political ties between Stalin and Hitler resulted in Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact. The fascism and communism in their fight sacrificed 8 millions of our compatriots, which is the number higher than either German or Russian lives. Thanks to the united Allies’ efforts, the fascism was defeated. The red flag over the Reichstag became the symbol of not only the victory over Nazism, but also the symbol of bloodthirsty communism. For many of our compatriots it was just the beginning of suffering. Millions of Ukrainians were deported to Siberia, resulting in total war and after war losses of 14.5 million. Even till 1980s, the Bolsheviks had been imprisoning the best and the brightest of our nation. Communism along with fascism undermined the cultural development of the whole mankind. An example of this is the aftermath of communism in Eastern Europe.

After gaining Independence in 1991, Ukraine gradually has begun rebuilding its place in Europe. It seemed as the Orange Revolution would guarantee Ukraine’s course to democracy. It showed Ukrainians as civilized, democratic and European nation. Unfortunately, due to a variety of reasons these hopes did not materialize. As of today, Ukraine is represented by an anti-Ukrainian government. Our strategic objects, cultural and historic accomplishments are being given away in the interest of our northern neighbors. Ukrainian schools are being closed down; educational institutions are being prosecuted, political prisoners are beginning to emerge and journalists are still disappearing. The current government and the parliament are in the hands of one anti-Ukrainian power.

Today, as in a nightmare, after 20 years of Independence bloody communist symbolic is returning. The latest example of this is the conflict during the May 9th celebration in Lviv, which we consider to be back-staged in another country. Conrad Adenauer once said “Communism cannot be defeated with military, cultural or economic method. It can only be overcome with convinced Christianity”. Today’s Europe, built on the ideals of Christianity, is advocating democracy, rule of law, human rights and condemned Nazism, communism and Stalinism. We respectfully ask you, the guardians of these high ideals, to urge the current Ukrainian government to condemn all forms of glorification of Stalinism and stop promoting symbols of communism. We hope the urging from the high European institutions would be more convincing.

Today, Ukraine is heading Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, and will be heading OSCE in two years. We’re proud that our country has been given the honor to head those institutions, but this honor has to be earned by the current Ukrainian government.

We should consider the following facts as signs of Ukrainian government promoting Stalinism and totalitarianism:

1. The President of Ukraine denying Holodomor in Ukraine 1932-33 on April 27 in European Parliament in Strasbourg.

2. Communist party of Ukraine in Zaporizhya opening Stalin monument on 05/05/2010.

3. “Union of Soviet officers” installing Stalin billboard in Sevastopol on 04/07/2011.

4. Ukrainian parliament changing the Ukrainian law on commemorating the Victory Flag on 04/21/2011.

5. Ukrainian government allowing demonstration of totalitarian symbolic during the May 9th anniversary.

6. The president of Ukraine signing the law to commemorate the Victory Flag on 05/20/2011.

We avail ourselves of this opportunity to assure you of our highest respect!

Sincerely,

Board of Directors

Ukrainian Public Organization “Orange Wave”


c.c.  Ukrainian World Congress

Viktor Yanukovych, President of Ukraine