Christine Dolan talks with Marian Clenciu, long-time president of the Pro Basarabia and Bucovina Cultural Association, which represents the Romanian community living in Ukraine. Although the Ukrainian regime, continuing Stalinist policies of the past, artificially divides the population into Romanians and Moldavians, Romanians represent the second largest minority group living on the territory of Ukraine after Russians. The live mainly in the border regions that were seized from Romania by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II and which Ukraine still occupies.
Mr. Clenciu, who is based in Bucharest, discusses the plight of the Romanian minority living in Ukraine in light of the oppressive policies of Zelensky’s government which is denying their right to education and worship in their native language.
Since World War II, the Soviet Union pursued a policy of ethnic cleansing in these historic Romanian territories, engaging in genocide and forced deportations to depopulate these regions, as well as implementing oppressive policies so as not to allow the remaining indigenous population to practice its language, religion, and culture. Since 1991, Ukraine has continued these Soviet-era policies and, in recent years, as part of Zelensky’s efforts at ethnic cleansing, has intensified its efforts to oppress the Romanian population living in Ukraine.
Recently, a representative of the Pro Basarabia and Bucovina Cultural Association went to the Embassy of Ukraine in Bucharest, with the intention of presenting the letter below to the Ambassador of Ukraine in Romania and obtaining a proof of registration. After seeing our requests, the Ukrainian Embassy promptly returned the letter and refused to register it. Therefore, the Association wishes to present the letter to the international media in hopes that its requests will reach the Ukrainian authorities and the international community, including human rights organizations.