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Russian-oriented Boyko nominated at party congress

Russian-oriented Boyko nominated at party congress

30 January 2019

The Opposition Platform For Life party, which promotes
itself as being oriented towards Russia, held its party congress on Jan. 29 in
Kyiv to nominate Yuriy Boyko, former energy minister, as its presidential
candidate. In his remarks, Boyko said his first step as president would be
initiating talks for peace and ending the bloodshed in the Donbas region. He
called for reducing natural gas prices for households that were recently hiked
as part of IMF requirements. He guaranteed improved social payments for the
most vulnerable groups of society.

 

The proposal getting the most attention was announced
by the party’s Political Council Head Viktor Medvedchuk, who suggested amending
the Ukrainian Constitution to grant full autonomy to the self-declared Donetsk
and Luhansk People’s Republics, including their own parliament and government
bodies. He criticized the Poroshenko administration’s decision to abandon the
CIS Free Trade Area and launching the Ukraine-EU Free Trade Area, both of which
contributed to destroying the Ukrainian economy. “The current government is
trying to destroy everything that used to be called friendship, cooperation and
economic pragmatism,” said Medvedchuk, who is widely recognized as a close
confidante to Russian President Putin. He called for renewed ties with Russia
in all spheres of life.

 

Zenon Zawada: Boyko won’t
become president, but he should be able to lead the Opposition Platform towards
gaining a parliamentary faction in the October elections. Ukraine’s
Russian-oriented forces are split between three parties with similar levels of
support, which significantly benefits Ukraine’s pro-Western forces and
Euro-integration prospects. In turn, this division has upset the Kremlin, which
has made clear it wants Ukraine’s Russian-oriented forces to rally behind Boyko and Medvedchuk.
Despite the divide, the Russian-oriented forces should be able to form the
parliamentary opposition after the vote.

 

As for autonomy for the self-declared republics, this
proposal doesn’t conform with the Minsk Accords that the Russian government
claims to want to fulfill. Western governments will never support such a
proposal since it will merely fulfill Russian plans to gradually fragmentize
Ukraine. It comes as no surprise that it was suggested by Medvedchuk, who has
long called for federalization and directly represents Putin’s plans for
Ukraine.

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