Bettina Vollath, member of the Committee on Civil Liberties and Justice of the European Parliament, is outraged by a series of recent attacks by the radicals in Ukraine.
“Over the last couple of months, we saw a series of assaults on politicians, activists, migrants and refugees form far-right groups in Ukraine, the latest of which came last month when Oleh Voloshyn – a member of the Ukrainian Parliament – was attacked by three people in the centre of Kiev. That is only one of the examples of the continuing far-right violence in the country," she said.
Vollath stressed that one of the most famous Ukrainian ultra-right groups, the National Corps, is responsible for numerous attacks as part of its declared ‘human safari’ in Ukraine.
"I condemn these brutal, inhuman attacks and call on Ukrainian officials to act decisively to stop them," the MEP added.
As we reported before, representatives of the National Corps and Azov carried out an armed attack on a bus transporting 22 people of the Patriots For Life organization. The attack occurred on August 27. The bus was blocked and shelled from automatic arms. Two people received gunshot wounds, they were in serious condition. The attackers were shooting from traumatic weapons, as a result of which two more people were injured. During the attack, one member of the organization was kidnapped. This was reported by the press service of the Opposition Platform – For Life.
"This crime of the National Corps and Azov is a consequence of the impunity of the far-right radicals acting under the direct patronage and incitement of the authorities, including President Zelensky, who openly declares his support for their position," the party's statement says.
At the same time, MP from the Opposition Platform - For Life party Oleh Voloshyn said that his political force will ask the European Parliament to recognize the National Corps as a terrorist organization.
President Volodymyr Zelensky also reacted to this incident. He stressed that the impunity of certain individuals gave rise to lawlessness, and therefore, investigations in such cases should be carried out quickly, and the court should be impartial.
“We have been listening to the slogan 'Law is the same for everybody' for decades. But we see what empty promises lead to! Many law enforcement agencies have focused on economic and corruption crimes, which are certainly important to fight, but we must prevent a return to the 90s with brazen showdowns on the streets," Zelensky said.
Later, it was reported that the car of the attackers belongs to head of the National Corps of Dnipropetrovsk region Ivan Kurylenko.
Moreover, in Odesa, representatives of the National Corps far-right party attacked the film crew of Zik TV channel during its live broadcast on the occasion of the Independence Day of Ukraine. It should be noted that a group of the far-right attackers interrupted the broadcast and started pushing journalists, as well as invited guests - Tetiana Plachkova and Bohdan Hihanov. The intruders also damaged the equipment.