Early figures indicate that pro-European parties have won in parliamentary elections in Ukraine. Reinhard Bütikofer, Co-Chair of the European Green Party, comments on the election in Ukraine: “We welcome the pro-European orientation that the clear majority of Ukrainian voters have given their government and hope that this pro-European move can be implemented."
Regarding the paramount importance of the Ukrainian Presidential Election scheduled for this Sunday, European Green Party Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer says, “While around 400 million citizens of the EU are being asked to cast their vote in the election for the European Parliament between Thursday and Sunday, the Ukrainian people are facing their own election."
Regarding the proposals for a new diplomatic round of negotiations to defuse the escalation in Ukraine, European Green Party Co-Chair Reinhard Bütikofer declares, “The international community must not accept the Russian refusal to contribute constructively to the recently proposed second round of Geneva negotiations over Ukraine. It has been noted that the Russian side has so far done nothing to implement its obligations under the Geneva I accord. To make things worse, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov is now taking a mocking attitude towards a renewed diplomatic effort. The core purpose of such an effort must be the implementation of Geneva I, the reduction of tensions and a common effort from all sides to guarantee that the Ukrainian people will be able to enjoy the opportunity of electing a new legitimate leadership on 25 May. It is an ominous sign of Russian intentions that Minister Lavrov is trying to cast doubts over this election as such.
26 April marks the 28th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Despite the tragedy occurring almost three decades ago, the consequences are still being felt, and containing the dangerous radiation is an ongoing, dangerous struggle.
Following the decisions of the Council of the European Union on Ukraine, EGP Co-Chairs Monica Frassoni and Reinhard Bütikofer declare: “We welcome the clear condemnation by the European Council of the illegal referendum in Crimea on 16 March, which was held in clear breach of the Ukrainian constitution."
The European Green Party (EGP) has expressed its solidarity with the people of Ukraine, and their fight for European orientation, democracy, peace and independence. Russia has invaded Crimea and is threatening an even broader invasion of Ukraine. The military control of Russian troops over the Crimean peninsula is a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. Russia is blatantly ignoring its own treaty obligations, international law and its obligations under UN charters. We are highly alarmed by this aggression and call for it to end immediately.
The Greens in the European Parliament have called for calm after the escalation of violence in Kiev, and said that the EU should adopt targeted sanctions against those who are responsible for the new bloodshed. Green Group co-president Rebecca Harms, who is a member of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, has also called for the Red Cross to be deployed to Kiev.