Ten Ukrainian democratic parties – “Our Ukraine”, “Forward, Ukraine!”, “People’s Movement of Ukraine”, “Ukrainian People’s Party”, “Sobor”, “Christian Democratic Union”, “European Party”, “PORA”, “Congress of Ukrainian Nationalists” and “Party of Motherland Defenders” – have signed a declaration to form an electoral bloc. This bloc will be named “Our Ukraine – People’s Self Defense”. It will be led by former interior minister Yuriy Lutsenko. Its other top members will be Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Anatoly Hrytsenko, Mykola Katerynchuk, Olga Herasymyuk, Victor Baloha, Kseniya Lyapina, Ruslan Knyazevych and Volodymyr Aryev.

President Viktor Yushchenko on Thursday met with its members to wish them much success. “Long and painstaking talks to create the bloc are now over. We went through great challenges but the hardest period is behind. Today Ukraine’s democratic forces are united again; today they are strong and enjoy the renewed trust of the voters,” the President’s press office reports.

Yushchenko welcomed and approved their plans to create a party. “Today it is an exceptionally courageous step by big politicians for the unification of Ukraine’s democratic forces,” he said, urging the bloc to work constructively during the campaign.

“I am absolutely convinced we have the messages that can unite the nation,” he said, adding that their democratic and national priorities were “as vital as air” for the citizens of Ukraine. He said no other party proposed and promoted such values and ideas.

Yushchenko insisted that they must start the campaign as soon as possible. “We must waste no time.”


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