Yanukovych, is not only a coward (Yulias words, not mine) but he doesn't know anything about geography.
He is a Russian criminal, that is not fluent in Ukr, and speaks with a heavy Russian accent.
I do not like this man.
Ukraine's New President Shows Poor Knowledge of Geography
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Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych made an embarrassing geography mistake yet again during his visit to Brussels.
During his interview with Euronews channel, Yanukovych confused Kosovo with Serbia and Montenegro, and North Ossetia with South Ossetia, UNIAN reports.
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Answering the question whether Ukraine recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Yanukovych said:
���I���ve already said once that we are against double standard policies. I meant Serbia when I said that. Or, to be exact, recognition of Montenegro independence��� Recognition of Kosovo independence.���
���Even back then it was clear that conflicts on the territory of suspended conflict will only aggravate. And the next good example is North Ossetia,��� Yanukovych said, confusing North and South Ossetia.
���I think that we have to emphasize once again that international rules that must work for everyone cannot have exceptions to them, ���he added. Answering the question about his readiness to recognize their independence, he said ���Currently this issue is not on my agenda. We had a precedent that could have been avoided, but still happened.���
After the interview, Yanukovych���s support group asked the journalist to edit the mistakes in the interview.
This is not the first embarrassing moment for Yanukovych. Earlier he confused Kosovo with Montenegro, and corrected himself only after he was told to do so by his press secretary.
Before the presidential elections Yanukovych made an embarrassing literature mistake that became very popular. He called a famous writer Anton Chekhov ���a great Ukrainian poet.���
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 20:29:35 +0000
Subject: [GaliciaPoland-Ukraine] Yanukovych------the coward!
One-sided presidential debate rehearses familiar themes
Last updated : 01 February 2010 | 22:47:52
Created : 01 February 2010 | 22:47:52
KYIV, Feb. 1, 2010 (UBO) ��� Ukraine's citizens are used to hearing the voice of their prime minister on television every day but never before in such a lengthy monologue as tonight. The official presidential run-off debate, required under Ukrainian election law, specifically stipulates that should one candidate not choose to participate, the other may claim all the time. With Viktor Yanukovych refusing to participate, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko used 96 minutes in which to alternate between rather grandiose promises for Ukraine's future and opprobrium for her absent opponent, who she again branded as a "coward," adding that she could smell the "scent of fear." She claimed Yanukovych's debate refusal was disrespectful to his constituents and to all of Ukrainian society.
Yanukovych's refusal to debate was no surprise since one of his closest political allies, Hanna Herman, said earlier in the day, "Viktor Fedorovych will not to take part in the championship of lies. The championship will be conducted in solo mode. Tymoshenko will keep on doing what she has been doing during all five years before, pouring dirt on Yanukovych and giving new promises."
Whether Tymoshenko's statement bore the mark of truth or not will be up the audience and ultimately the voters. However, both candidates have been so generous with campaign promises it was hard to tell if Tymoshenko offered anything new tonight, but she certainly had plenty of uninterrupted time to provide even greater detail about promises made in earlier campaign appearances.
As for her opponents absence, Tymoshenko said, "I always hoped that he would take his place and answer all questions. However, I do not want as leader of our country a man who professes such a policy, a person who is just a coward and keeps running from the battlefield." Tymoshenko's frequent use of the word "coward" in regard to Yanukovych in recent days is believed to have been a very deliberate effort to force him to debate. With tonight's opportunity passed, there appears little chance of a face-to-face meeting in the few campaign days before the second round voting.
In addition to the lengthy recitation of campaign promises, including a statement that she would assure a dollar-hryvnia exchange rate of UAH 6.50 to the U.S. dollar, Tymoshenko repeatedly expressed regret for the empty lectern facing her across the stage. "I am now forced to look at empty space and see a blank space. It is important that this empty space does not occupy the post of Ukrainian president. It would be very unfortunate and wrong," Tymoshenko said.
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