“The United States this week denounced Ukraine for stripping a lawyer of his seat in parliament because he serves as a defense attorney for Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, who is dubiously imprisoned for malfeasance in office and now also facing murder charges.
State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell issued a statement scathing in its diplomatic language after a court expelled Serhiy Vlasenko from the legislature, revoked his parliamentary immunity from prosecution and banned him from traveling outside Ukraine.
“These actions appear to be politically motivated due to his connection to Mrs. Tymosenko,” Mr. Ventrell said.
He noted that Washington is “deeply concerned” by the actions of the … Ukrainian government of President Viktor Yanukovych.
Mr. Ventrell also criticized a Ukrainian court for “extra-judicial” actions that nullified the elections of two independent members of parliament, Pavlo Blaloha and Oleksandr Dombrovsky.