На русском языке:
Главред Kyiv Post: Демсилы Беларуси с открытой проукраинской позицией стремятся к освобождению Беларуси от господства Кремля, но официальный Киев их намеренно игнорирует
На беларускай мове: Галоўны рэдактар Kyiv Post: «Дэмсілы Беларусі з адкрытай праўкраінскай пазіцыяй імкнуцца да вызвалення Беларусі ад панавання Крамля, але афіцыйны Кіеў іх наўмысна ігнаруе»
Ukrainian journalist and Chief Editor of Kyiv Post Bohdan Nahaylo published a column in which he says that its time for Kyiv to stop shunning the Belarusian democratic movement and asked a number of right questions.
“What is behind official Kyiv’s conspicuous distancing from the Belarusian democratic opposition, and in particular, its leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya? Why is she being received by heads of state and political leaders from Washington to Poland and yet is still being ignored by President Volodymyr Zelensky and his administration?”
Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Joe Biden / Photo: Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz
On the day this article was published, Putin’s vassal Lukashenk hosts him again, and Tsikhanouskaya, who won the election in Belarus, posts a tweet where she supports Ukrainian sanctions against the military-industrial complex of the regime in Belarus and diplomatically didn’t ask why it took the Verkhovna Rada so long to do so.
“To this day, it [the Lukashenko regime] is keeping her husband along with hundreds of other Belarusians as political prisoners in its Belarusian Gulag.”
Tsikhanouskaya has become increasingly outspoken in affirming Belarus’ democratic European self-identification and support for Ukraine. “But for some reason, official Kyiv has continued to shun her. President Zelensky has neither extended his hand to her in solidarity nor had much to say about the struggle for freedom in neighboring Belarus,” Nahaylo writes.
He wonders, what’s behind Kyiv’s incongruous behavior towards the democratic forces in a neighboring country seeking freedom and liberation from Russian domination? Agreements with Lukashenko, money, business, mutual advantages, military factors?
“This week Ukraine is marking the 10th anniversary of the Euromaidan protests that turned into the Revolution of Dignity. One of the first democratic martyrs shot down at that time was a Belarusian supporter of Ukraine. A white-red-white Belarusian national flag still marks the site where he fell on Kyiv’s Hrushevsky Street. And today Belarusian volunteers are fighting together with Ukrainian forces against the Russian invaders.
Seeing President Zelensky lay a wreath on Nov.21 in Kyiv to honor the martyrs of the EuroMaidan accompanied by the president of Moldova, Maia Sandu, was very touching. But I could not help but think: how much more powerful would that image have been for the entire world to see with the Belarusian Presidential-elect alongside them?
I remain puzzled why Sanu has officially received Tsikhanouskaya in Chisinau while Zelensky has not welcomed her to Kyiv. We have a right to know.”