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Statements 2011

U.S. Government Statement of Concern about Arrest of Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

August 6, 2011

Yesterday’s incarceration of former Prime Minister Tymoshenko has raised concerns internationally about the application of the rule of law in Ukraine and further contributes to the appearance of politically-motivated prosecutions.

The US Government shares those concerns and urges that Mrs. Tymoshenko’s incarceration be reviewed and consideration be given to her immediate release.

We have raised our concerns with the Government of Ukraine regarding the legal proceedings against Mrs. Tymoshenko and other opposition figures and will continue to closely monitor those proceedings.

The U.S. Embassy in Kyiv has requested access to visit Mrs. Tymoshenko during her incarceration.