On the eve of the first round of the presidential election, Petro Poroshenko and his team campaigned with the slogan “Faith, Language, Army.” But then they realized that they had made a mistake, and then they sharply changed the direction of the election campaign, believes Mykyta Shentsev, head of the Kharkiv city organization of the OPPOSITION BLOC, deputy of the regional council.
“This program reduced the electoral base of the president at the expense of parishioners and supporters of the UOC, a large number of Russian-speaking population and citizens who do not consider the five-year military conflict in the Donbas as a great achievement. The results of the first round confirmed the mistake of the presidential team. In order not to completely collapse his rating, Poroshenko decided to suspend consideration of the language law in parliament,” Mykyta Shentsev noted.
According to the MP, Petro Poroshenko after losing the election used the remaining time as president in order to push through the law on language. “This law is not about the protection of the state language. In fact, it is a law prohibiting the use of other languages everywhere except in everyday life. Thus, Poroshenko wants to split society on the eve of parliamentary elections and mobilize a radical group to support his party,” Mykyta Shentsev noted.
According to him, even a crushing loss in the elections has not taught Petro Poroshenko to hear people. “Ukrainians are tired of the constant division between good and bad, those who speak the right and the wrong language, who attend the right or the wrong churches. They want to live in a single country, where everyone, as enshrined in the Constitution, is free to speak in any language and go to church at the call of his heart and soul,” Mykyta Shentsev emphasized.
He also noted that the Verkhovna Rada now, first of all, should consider the vital issues for the country. In particular, on reducing tariffs, supporting the economy and restoring peace.