Leonid Kuchma   Letter 11   15-Jan-2001   A tradition of heroism

      January 15, 2001

Leonid Kuchma, President
vul. Bankova, 7
Kyiv, 252005

Leonid Kuchma:

The mere presence of one good man in every ten, or one in every hundred, or even one in every thousand, is enough to defeat evil.  MVS Major Mykola Melnychenko has stepped forward as one such good man.  He struck a blow against the enslavement of the nation by gangsters.  He will be honored in history as a hero of Ukraine.  His deed will become a Ukrainian tradition, and this tradition will guarantee that Ukraine will finally achieve the emancipation of which it has so long dreamed, and which was not realized in 1991.  In the words of your Deputy Prime Minister, Yulia Tymoshenko:

"Melnychenko's heroic deed will soon become a tradition," Tymoshenko told journalists [...].

[...] Tymoshenko said that law enforcement officers could begin following Melnychenko's example.

"I think that the example of Melnychenko shows that sooner or later the officers and specialists of our law enforcement structures, including the General Prosecutorís Office, will also [...] be unable to endure [such lawlessness] any longer," Tymoshenko said.
Tymoshenko says she may be arrested despite what she calls trumped up charges, Kyiv Post, 15-Jan-2001.

And Mykola Melnychenko was not the only good man.  There have been others, and there continue to be others.  Hidden even in your closest entourage, there are good men.  You have killed some of them, but for every one you kill, ten more spring up.  Among them are not a few good women.  We will be hearing more from these good men and women in the days to come. 

Lubomyr Prytulak