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Ukrainian oligarch Poroshenko to finance his election campaign with his own money

March 29, 2014, 16:51 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, March 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian oligarch and confectionery industry tycoon Pytro Poroshenko, who is going to run for presidency in the May 25 early election, told a congress of rightwing UDAR party underway in Kiev that he was going to finance his electoral campaign with his private monies.

He said it at a news conference after the closure of the congress where a decision was taken to nominate him for presidency.

“This campaign will be financed exclusively with my own money,” Poroshenko said. “All the taxes have been paid on it.”

Earlier in the day, he called on former prime minister Yulia Timoshenko, who stands at the head of Batkivshchina (Fatherland) party, to support him as a united candidate for the presidential post.

Poroshenko gave the assurances that Timoshenko would not be a political contender for him.

A similar appeal to Timoshenko was made at the congress by UDAR leader, Vitaly Klitschko.

Poroshenko said that even if Timoshenko rejected the offer to support UDAR’s nominee at the election, it would be necessary to ensure the unity of democratic forces after the election, too.

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