The Truth Behind Vitaly Klitschko’s Strange Absence From Poroshenko’s Electoral Nomination Congress

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard


The Ukrainian journalist Vyacheslav Chechilo on his Facebook page drew the attention of his follows to the absence of the mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko at Petro Poroshenko’s announcement as a candidate for Ukrainian president and also pointed to the real ways that he can hold onto his head of state position.

“The mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko suddenly fell ill and will not be able to arrive today at the congress to support Petro Poroshenko,” wrote Chechilo. “In my opinion, this, better than any sociology, characterises the real chances Poroshenko has of winning”.

The journalist assumed that Poroshenko can nevertheless become president once again, even now. But only through “lawlessness”. His possible victory won’t have anything to do with elections.

The lawyer Andrey Portnov also expressed his opinion that the mayor of Kiev Vitaly Klitschko found a way to not support Petro Poroshenko at the forum where he declared his participation in the presidential election.

“I think that the news about Klitschko’s sudden illness and hospitalisation somewhere in Austria, his urgent disappearance and silence at a time when he is awaited at a meeting about Poroshenko’s nomination for a second term, shows all the cowardly and cheap essence of the city chief.

It is such outback cunningness when you were in the same team with your chief, undertook obligations, took yourself into consideration, enjoyed the fruits, and then just vanished, disappeared, and fell ill somewhere in overseas countries so that it is difficult to check.

However, it will not be possible to wash yourselves of each other anymore because you are members of the same coalition and your parties are connected in one parliamentary faction, you used the same schemes to plunder the budget, the land, and natural resources, you relied on the same performers when taking bribes and laundering stolen property, you supported each other in elections, you divided money out together and destroyed the city [Kiev – ed] and the country together,” wrote Portnov on Facebook.

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