INHOFE PRAISES RELEASE OF TYMOSHENKO, CALLS FOR UKRAINE PRESIDENT TO RESIGN
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) hailed the release today of former Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko from prison and called on President Viktor Yanukovich to resign immediately.
"Ms. Tymoshenko was convicted and imprisoned unjustly over two years ago, and I applauded the Ukraine Parliament on their overwhelming vote to decriminalize the charges against her yesterday," said Inhofe. "News now of her release is welcomed and long overdue, and will hopefully lead to further democratic progress in Ukraine. Yanukovich's departure would help ensure that all the hallmarks of a healthy democracy may be embraced, like the right to assemble for peaceful protests and the freedom of speech. Ukrainians demand democracy and hopefully now democratic ideals like judicial transparency will flourish and political persecutions will be at an end."
On May 17, 2012, Inhofe introduced S.Res.466, a resolution calling for the unconditional release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The resolution unanimously passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 19, 2012, and passed the U.S. Senate on September 24, 2012. Senator Inhofe also joined Senator Durbin in passing S. Res. 165 in the Senate on November 18, 2013 calling again for Tymoshenko's release.