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Presidential candidate Tymoshenko meets with Ukrainian oligarch behind the scenes

Yuliya Tymoshenko stated that Viktor Pinchuk was not funding her campaign
12:08, 5 October 2018

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Yuliya Tymoshenko, a presidential candidate in Ukraine, meets with a Ukrainian billionaire Viktor Pinchuk behind-the-scenes, Schemes’ investigation reports, Pravda informed.

As journalist put it, they have witnessed the cars of Tymoshenko and Pinchuk being in the same place and leaving it at the same time. It happened on April 18 and September 24.

Reporters tried to ask Tymoshenko what connects her to Pincuk a couple of times. Yet, first, she did not want to answer the questions of the journalists referring to the preparation to her speech in the Parliament. For the second time, she left the debating chamber through the box of the Parliament’s Spokesperson. Besides, her colleagues from the party impeded journalists’ work.

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Later, when the journalists managed to talk to Tymoshenko, answering the question about how many times has she met with the oligarch Pinchuk over the past six months, she said, that Pinchuk organized YES forum in Ukraine, so they met “so many times, as they needed” to prepare her to the forum. She specified that he did not deal with the preparations personally. His team was working on that.

“But we have met to discuss our team’s participation in YES forum,” she added.

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As the journalists reported in the investigation, first they met five months before YES forum and then a week after.

The correspondents asked Tymoshenko to confirm this information when they witnessed the cars of the politician and billionaire being in the same place and leaving it almost at the same time.

“I can say very firmly that we will be cooperating with Viktor Pinchuk, in terms of YES forum preparation and in the context of everything which concerns Ukraine's preparation to, actually, the new political iteration after the presidential elections. He has rather fundamental international linksб and I think that these international ties can help Ukraine to solve lots of issues,” she said.

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Tymoshenko said that Pinchuk was not finding and not helping her election campaign.

However, the journalists note that her party has transferred around $410 thousand to Starlight brand content company, which is connected with the oligarch.

Also, they asked Tymoshenko about the relevance of negotiations with the oligarchs.

“The thing is that there are public meetings and there are meetings, which, I think, should not be public. We are talking about the future of the country, and I will be talking to everyone who can contribute in Ukraine’s future,” Tymoshenko noted.

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Schemes appealed to Viktor Pinchuk with written questions and asked whether he was funding Batkivshchyna party and Yuliya Tymoshenko personally. They also asked what was discussed during the recorded meetings.

The press office of the oligarch replied that Pinchuk has meetings with politicians and political leaders in the framework of his activity.  

The press office also noted that Pinchuk and his Fund involve best foreign experts in the process of solving these issues.

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“Therefore, Pinchuk discusses and will be discussing these questions in 2018-2019 with the Ukrainian Public and political figures, including Tymoshenko,” oligarch’s press office informed.

Oleg Rybchak, the co-founder of a public movement "Chestno" (“fair” in English, - ed.), believes that Tymoshenko could initiate the meeting with the oligarch herself, as “during each election, Pinchuk might be interesting as the owner of three TV channels.”

It should be noted that Viktor Pinchuk owns ICTV, Novy, and STB TV channels.

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