Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko said on Friday the Ukrainian authorities are infringing the rights of the opposition.

"The problem is that the opposition has lost the facility to hold in check the actions of the authorities," Tymoshenko told a news conference on Friday.

She said everything the opposition tries to report is either distorted or does not reach the people at all. She also believes journalists are being pressurized.

The ex-prime minister said the opposition would turn to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) to discuss the "diminishing democracy in Ukraine."

"I think the development of democratic processes warrants a separate discussion and particular attention, including from the international community and countries that have always been Ukraine’s partners in strengthening democratic institutions," Yulia Tymoshenko said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also said that the opposition plans to convey information regarding the rolling back of democracy in Ukraine to the international community through civil society organizations. "I think we will appeal to all civil society organizations that closely monitor what is happening to freedom of speech in Ukraine. We will try to stop the restrictions on freedom of speech in Ukraine with the help of civil society organizations and journalist groups," she explained.

"We will not tolerate what is happening in our country today. We consider this the unfolding of authoritarianism in Ukraine. And there are definite signs of this today. We will work with our parliamentary groups that cooperate with the European Parliament to raise all the issues that require special attention and discussion," said Yulia Tymoshenko.


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