Poroshenko’s Electoral Billboards Confused the Residents of Western Ukraine

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


TRK Avers

The new pre-election slogan of the president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko “Away from Moscow” was criticised in Western Ukraine. For example, the residents of Lutsk did not understand what was meant by the president and whether or not his slogan means that Moscow should be left alone. 
this is stated in the program of the Volyn TV channel “Avers”.

“I don’t know – he does nothing in relation to this: ‘Away from Moscow’. I do not understand what these billboards are for. I do not see that we are going away from Moscow. Perhaps he meant that the army, that we are retreating from Moscow,” said one of the residents of Lutsk interviewed by journalists.

Journalists also found out that Poroshenko’s PR managers were too lazy to invent something new, and simply stole a quote from the Ukrainian writer and national communist Mykola Khvylovy.

“The inscription makes me think ‘Hands off Moscow’, and this inscription urges not to touch the capital of Russia. If this is the case, then the phrase ‘Away from Moscow’ belongs to the Ukrainian communist of the 20th century Mykola Khvylovy, and the fact that on the advertising billboard of Poroshenko this phrase was taken out of a context. The initial phrase is ‘Away with us from Moscow – Europe is what we want’ [furthermore, it didn’t concern politics, but the future direction of Ukrainian culture – ed].”

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