The Ukrainian Republican Party leadership published a statement
saying, inter alia, that "despite the fact that the new presidential
election bill is still to be enacted, the President has launched an active
The entire vertical of power has been engaged in tracking down and suppressing
political forces which reject the candidacy of Leonid Kuchma in principle.
The state repressive machine detects and immediately destroys all sources
supporting rival candidates and parties."
URP considers that the "Kuchma or Communists" as a campaign model being
imposed by the Presidential Administration is very dangerous. This model
provides for national democratic candidates (e.g., Chornovil or Udovenko)
that will never be accepted. "This is actually another way to back Leonid
Kuchma. The only role these candidates will play in the campaign will be
to prevent the national democratic, statehood-oriented, patriotic, centrist,
and Left-Center forces from rallying round a single statehood-oriented
candidate capable of beating Leonid Kuchma in the primary," reports the
Center for Journalistic Research.
The URP called on other parties and associations to combine efforts
to support the candidacy of Yevhen Marchuk, forming an extensive democratic
electoral bloc. In an interview with the Center for Journalistic Research,
URP Deputy Chairman Anatoly Shybiko said that this bloc could be made up
of Reforms and Order, the Greens, Ukrainian Social Democrats, Rukh, Democratic
Party, Liberals, United Social Democrats, and the NDP.