“The Communist Party belongs in the past by decision of the Ukrainian people and not by virtue of some regulation,” President Poroshenko said at a briefing late Sunday, October 26.
“During the presidential campaign, I expressed my strong belief that because of the crimes it committed in the past and present the Communist Party has no right to remain on the political horizon in Ukraine. But since we are a European country that shares European values, the Communist Party of Ukraine must exit to the past not by presidential decree or by decision of the Verkhovna Rada or by a judgment of the court. This must happen after the main judgment on the Communists is delivered by the people of Ukraine,” he said.
“For 96 years the Communist Party was continuously present in the Ukrainian parliament. And even if it had been necessary to dissolve the Verkhovna Rada for this reason only, it would have been worth it. I am very happy that Ukraine has such wise, responsible people who have given a clear verdict on the Communist Party of Ukraine and the Party of Regions, which had such a low level of support that it did not even dare to participate in the elections,” he added.