Ukraine election eve: Dozens of bomb scares & attempt to disqualify frontrunner
On the eve of Ukraine’s presidential runoff, authorities have been overwhelmed by dozens of bomb threats, just as a court in Kiev was forced to hear a last-ditch lawsuit demanding that the frontrunner’s registration be annulled.
The second round of the Ukrainian election takes place on Sunday, with Volodymyr Zelensky having an overwhelming advantage over incumbent president Petro Poroshenko, according to the latest polls. But a lawyer and election observer, Andrii Khilko, has claimed that the leading candidate’s invitation of his supporters to a final debate between the contenders somehow amounted to bribery of the electorate.Also on rt.com ‘I’m not your opponent, I’m your sentence!’ Ukraine presidential hopefuls trade jabs in last debate
Forced to convene overnight, an appeals court in Kiev has dismissed the lawsuit, ruling that Zelensky’s reminder to supporters that they needed tickets to attend the event could in no way be considered as bribery or illegal election campaigning.
Не «Гулівер» єдиний: у Києві повідомили про «замінування» ще 17 торгових центрів https://t.co/eS5im3Kfeepic.twitter.com/byBpeVC2M5— Glavcom.life (@Glavcom_LIFE) April 20, 2019
In the meantime, police in Kiev received numerous calls about explosive devices allegedly planted in at least 18 malls all across the capital on Saturday night. Earlier in the day, authorities had to sweep Kiev’s central railway station following a similar bomb threat, which turned out to be fake.
В Одесі евакуювали більше тисячі осіб через "замінування" двох торговельних центрівhttps://t.co/KgRijzo68f#новини#новости#ТСН— ТСН.ua (канал 1+1) (@tsnua) April 20, 2019
In Odessa, bomb squads had to evacuate hundreds of patients from two hospitals, as well as check an airport, a mall and a movie theater following nearly a dozen tip offs – but also gave the all-clear, after finding nothing suspicious.Also on rt.com Ukraine election reality TV: Puppets and chopped-off hands in final debate warm-up
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