Tymoshenko says victory of Yanukovych will mean beginning of Ukraine’s losing independence

Presidential candidate and Prime Minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko has said Ukraine’s will take a first step on the path of losing its independence if Victor Yanukovych wins the presidential election.

Yanukovych is not an independent leader, but “an appointee, a puppet of oligarchic forces,” Tymoshenko said at a press conference in Kyiv on Jan. 20.

“The victory of Yanukovych will mean the beginning of Ukraine’s losing its independence,” she said.

According to Tymoshenko, a victory for Yanukovych in the second round of the presidential election will also halt Ukraine’s movement towards Europe.

She said that if Yanukovych wins, the redistribution of the country’s remaining resources in favor of “oligarchic families” will begin, and there would be a further increase in the gap between the rich and the poor in the country.

Tymoshenko added the flow of investment into Ukraine would halt.

According to her, the first round of the election showed that Yanukovych was “a single core candidate from the oligarchy, mafia, and criminal world” who was supported by a little more than 30% of the population. Tymoshenko said that there were many more candidates from the democratic camp.

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