Addressing journalists in Lviv today, presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko said she would not step down in favor of presidential candidate Petro Poroshenko, citing him as her major opponent, our correspondent reports May 2.
“I will never step down in the presidential race in favor of the candidate representing Ukraine oligarchs,” she said.
“If Poroshenko’s approval rating is so high why I am approached by his envoys asking me to leave the race,” she said
Tymoshenko accused Poroshenko of meeting with tycoon Dmytro Firtash in Austria after the latter’s arrest and release on bail. Poroshenko, she said, then struck a strategic agreement with Firtash.
Following the meeting, Poroshenko’s chocolate plants and bank accounts in Russia were de-blocked, she went on. “Such things don’t happen without Putin’s blessing,” Tymoshenko stressed.
Tymoshenko also said Ukraine tycoons want to see Tihipko as premier and Vitali Klitschko as mayor of Kyiv.
She apologized to Ukrainians for failing to uproot the influence of tycoons on power during her tenure as premier.