Dr Charles Tannock

Member of the European Parliament for London

Ukraine faces fresh EU condemnation over Tymoshenko

The Parliament - 28th May 2012

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko take part in a rally outside Ukraine's High Specialized Court on Civil and Criminal Cases in Kyiv.

Pressure is mounting for England's football fixtures in the European championship to be switched to venues in Poland in protest over the Ukraine government's "deteriorating" record of political persecution.

British ECR MEP Charles Tannock said it was important that the "clearest and most direct message" should be sent to Kiev that its actions were "beyond the pale and would not be tolerated" by the international community.

Ukraine is due to host the June championships jointly with Poland, but has attracted widespread condemnation for its imprisonment and alleged physical mistreatment of ex-PM Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as the targeting of other political opponents of the government.