Ukrainian presidential frontrunner Viktor Yanukovych refused on Wednesday to hold debates with his opponent, saying Yulia Tymoshenko should either take responsibility for every word as prime minister, or go to the kitchen.

"She sees that she has already lost the election and is suggesting I should enter a competition on dirt and lies with her," the leader of the opposition Party of Regions said, RIA Novosti reported.

"She is prime minister and must be responsible for her every word. And if she is to be treated as a woman, let her demonstrate her whims in the kitchen," Yanukovych said.

Yanukovych said he has held debates with Tymoshenko for the past five years, and voters showed their preferences in the election's first round on Sunday.

Tymoshenko criticized Yanukovych for his refusal to take part in televised debates ahead of the initial vote, calling it "common cowardice" and casting doubt on his mental abilities and capability to run the country.


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