Ukraine's UDAR, Klitschko Deny Ties with Bulgarian Politician

Politics | December 3, 2013, Tuesday // 10:33|  views

Heavyweight boxing champion, and now opposition leader, Vitali Klitschko, is one of the most active pro-EU demonstrators in Ukraine's capital Kiev. Photo EPA/BGNES

Opposition party Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform (UDAR – Punch) of heavyweight boxing champion, Vitali Klitschko, has differentiated itself from controversial Bulgarian politician Nikolay Barekov.

On Monday, Barekov stated that his movement "Bulgaria without Censorship" will send volunteers to support Ukrainian pro-EU protests and in particular Klitschko's party.

"We see Ukraine's pro-Western, democratic and centrist formation of Vitali Klitschko, UDAR, as our political duplicate and are considering supportive action," "Bulgaria without Censorship" stated in a press release.

"Despite some reports in Bulgarian media, neither Vitali Klitschko nor UDAR party have any connections with the political entity "Bulgaria without Censorship" of Nikolay Barekov. Under no circumstances neither UDAR nor Vitali Klitschko have discussed or planned undertaking joint actions with the organization of Mr. Barekov," is stated in an official statement of the Ukrainian opposition party, cited by the Bulgarian "Standard" daily.

The statement was in the context of Klitschko's gratitude for "Bulgarian political structures of the European People's Party that have supported civil protest and the European future of Ukraine."

Pro-EU proests in Ukraine's capital Kiev continue Tuesday, while the government is facing a no-confidence vote.

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Tags: Ukraine, Kiev, heavyweight boxing champion, Vitali Klitschko, Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform party, UDAR, opposition, no-confidence vote, pro-EU protests, Bulgaria without Censorship, Nikolay Barekov


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