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 US Senate Demands Tymoshenko's Release and Threatens Visa Restrictions

US lawmakers have proposed imposing visa restrictions on Ukrainian officials who are involved in human rights violations, corruption, and other antidemocratic behavior.

Members of the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations voted unanimously on this decision at a hearing which ended late Wednesday evening.

The resolution, S.Res. 466, calls for the unconditional release of political prisoners, particularly former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. It also urges for the upcoming Ukrainian parliamentary elections, due to take place on October 28, to be fair and transparent.

"This resolution sends a strong and unmistakable message to the Ukrainian government: selective prosecution of political opponents has no place in the community of democracies," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), one of the proponents of the proposal. "With parliamentary elections just around the corner, we also urge the Ukrainian government to conduct open and fair elections that are open to domestic and international observers."

 
 
 
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