Minister Pavlo Petrenko said that he filed a lawsuit to the local city court to ban the party based on the evidence presented by the security service, known as the SBU, to the ministry.
But the spokesman for ideology of the Communist Party’s committee in Kyiv, Omar Al-Ani, said that the Ukrainian Justice Ministry’s evidence is fabricated. “The Ukrainian government tries to get rid of real opposition forces, the Communist Party, which is the only party in Ukraine that continues protecting the people’s interests,” Al-Ani said.
Petrenko said the 129 pages of evidence, as well as substantial video materials, are part of a case being presented to court. He accused the party of unconstitutional activities, support for Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its military aggression, calls for changes of territory and constitutional orders of Ukraine, organization of separatist meetings, financing and buying equipment (including weapons) for terrorist organizations in eastern Ukraine, support of illegal referendums and self-proclaimed republics in Luhansk and Donetsk regions, and participation in the war against Ukraine in the eastern parts of the country.