The Co-Chairman of the OPPOSITION BLOC, Prime Minister of the Opposition government, Borys Kolesnikov, said this on the air of the TV channel “NewsOne” on Tuesday, May 15.
According to him, it is necessary to begin restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine from the place where people die – from Donbas. “To date, Russia needs the so-called republics, like a stop sign for a hare. They steal the help from the Russian Federation and do nothing else. During this time, not a single building was built on the uncontrolled territory of the Donetsk region. Previously, Donetsk received about a billion investments a year. The sooner Donetsk returns, the easier it will be for Ukraine. I think that a compromise will be achieved, and Donbas will become single and Ukrainian,” the opposition prime minister said.
The politician commented on the scandalous statements of the head of the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting Yuriy Artemenko regarding unscheduled inspections of TV channels.
“The fight against freedom of speech has been being held for 4 years under the motto: “Who is against the power, he is an agent of the Kremlin”. Artemenko said: “We are closing the channels, they will pay fines” – this is enough to appeal to law enforcement agencies to bring him to criminal liability. He commits a misdemeanor, abuses power and attracts members of the National Council to this,” Borys Kolesnikov emphasized.
According to him, all attacks on independent media are links in one chain. “The attack on the TV channel “Inter”, the blockade of “NewsOne”, the problems with TV channels “Ukraine” and “112” – all these actions could be encouraged only by the authorities. Where are the investigations into the murders of Oles Buzina and Pavlo Sheremet? Until now, the murder of Georgiy Gongadze has not been solved. The power is complete bankrupt, and this is its agony,” the opposition politician said.
He also expressed surprise at the fact that some seriously considered the external governance as a boon for Ukraine. “I do not understand why some Ukrainians consider the external governance of the country as a boon. Ukraine has already been being under external control for 4 years already. External governance is not an investment or Western transparent laws, it is actions in the interests of other states,” Borys Kolesnikov stressed.