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Are the Ukrainian presidential elections ‘fake’?

The Finish journalist Janus Putkonen has started an international petition to stop the Ukrainian elections. Although he is unlikely to succeed, Putkonen has nevertheless gained many supporters. In fact, they are so numerous that the platform "purged" some 3 000 signatures over night.

Published: March 22, 2019, 6:47 am

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    At the end of March, the first round of the presidential elections will take place in Ukraine. An international petition called ”Stop Fake Elections in Ukraine!” was launced last week and within just a few days, over 5 500 people had already signed the internet petition.

    Strangely, right after the launch there were 8 500 votes, but one day later 3 000 had disappeared. A request as to what had happenend to the missing names was sent to the administration.

    The Western mainstream media have been beaming around a positive image of the situation in Ukraine and persuading all that “fair and democratic elections” will be taking place there, but for many, the narrative of the Western news propaganda has been blind to the truth and reality.

    ”You can cheat someone for a while, but you can’t cheat everyone all the time,” says the initiator of the popular petition, ”Stop Fake Elections in Ukraine!”. Janus Putkonen, a Finnish journalist, says “unfortunately, elections in Ukraine are fake elections”.

    The petition in English, denouncing the Ukrainian elections as “fake”, was written by Putkonen, and published last Monday. By the end of the first week, the private voluntary action has ballooned into an international issue and the petition has already been translated to seven languages by activists. The message of the petition: ”We don’t recognize the fake elections in Ukraine”.

    Putkonen questions the validity of the enterprise. “Is it democracy when millions of Ukrainian citizens have been denied their basic civil right to vote in the elections?” Putkonen noted that millions of Ukrainian citizens living in Russia and Donbass do not have the right to vote.

    He also expressed concern over the safety of all Ukrainians. “Ultranationalist troops are patrolling the streets of Ukrainian cities. The notorious Azov Batallion, which has been accused of war crimes, has received an official accreditation as an election observer. The commander of these election observers announced in public, that his troops will not hesitate to use violence in the name of justice.

    “And at the same time, international observers, even members of OSCE, have been denied accreditation”, Putkonen pointed out.

    According to the Finnish journalist, a new and alarming issue pops up daily about the coming elections in the mainstream media. The main problems are related to the breathtaking corruption.

    “Some 60 million voting ballots have been printed by the Ukrainian Central Election Commission, but there are only 35 million registered voters, as opposed to several millions of Ukrainians who were denied their right to vote. So, the question is, how will these tens of millions of extra ballots be used?”, Putkonen asks.

    Putkonen says, that there are 39 presidential candidates, but according to widely available information, most of them are paid to support some of the leading candidates, who are either oligarchs or are pushed forward by oligarch-billionaires.

    At the same time, poor people are paid to show their support and vote for particular candidates. “And who are these leading presidential oligarch-candidates, who own and control the Ukrainian media? They all serve western geopolitical interests, ann an anti-Russian agenda, which is dictated mainly by American globalist agents in occupied Kiev,” according to Putkonen.

    It should be noted, that results of a survey by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology, showed that 57 percent of Ukrainians have a favourable or very favourable attitude towards Russia, and 77 percent feel that way towards Russians in general. But none of the presidential candidates represent the views held by a majority of Ukrainians.

    Putkonen says that the elections in Ukraine are not meant to address the issue that has been the biggest concern of all Ukrainians – the civil war in Donbass.

    “Most of the presidential candidates are connected to Kiev’s ‘war-party’, led by Petro Poroshenko, who is responsible for killing thousands of peaceful people and children in Donbass. As we know – and the international observers and organisations also know – there have never been Russian armed forces in Donbass. But the political orders and geopolitical agenda rules still exist, and that is why the civil war against the Russian population in Ukraine continues,” Putkonen says.

    The petition demands that the Ukrainian government make diplomatic efforts in order to resolve the conflict in Donbass in accordance with the signed Minsk Agreements and that all the presidential candidates show their commitment to it.

    “It’s time to stop the bloody civil war in Donbass, which has seriously undermined the stability of Europe. To achieve peace, we must restore democracy and civil rights by creating international pressure to get the necessary changes in the government of Ukraine. For this purpose, Poroshenko and his junta must leave!” Putkonen concluded.

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