Ukrainian Politics

 Poroshenko Bloc and Batkivshchyna MPs caught in Rada sharing out offices in regional councils. PHOTOS

The fate of the regional councils in at least 13 regions of Ukraine is decided by backroom agreements between the informal head of Batkivshchyna faction (aka BYuT, Bloc of Yulia Tymoshenko) Ivan Kyrylenko and Serhii Berezenko representing Petro Poroshenko Bloc.

Photojournalist of the Ukrainski Novyny Bohdan Bortakov has caught factions' plenipotentiaries during this "process" in the session hall, Censor.NET reports.

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Thus, Berezenko and Kyrylenko have left their colleagues during the morning session of the Verkhovna Rada Nov. 10. The MPs secluded themselves in the government box of the Verkhovna Rada where they laid the tables with the results of the elections in 24 regions of Ukraine.


Then Berezenko started making a list of regions where the regional councils would be chaired by Poroshenko Bloc representatives with first deputies from Batkivshchyna and the list of regions where the offices will be occupied conversely respectively.


In particular, the Poroshenko Bloc members will head Lviv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, and Poltava regions. Accordingly, the first deputy heads there will be from Batkivshchyna party. All key positions in Rivne region will be held by BYuT.

There was a question mark in front of Kirovohrad region. Apparently, the partners were not confident in their mutual victory there. But there was a mark in brackets meaning that BYuT was still up for tenure there.

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At the same time, there was a table in front of Ivan Kyrylenko with circled figures of one in the column titled as the "Head" opposite 10 regions: Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Zaporizhia, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Mykolaiv, Rivne, Kherson, Cherkasy, and Chernivtsi. Apparently, BYuT aspires to the positions of Council heads there.


The figures of one were put near 22 regions (except for Donetsk, Luhansk, and Kyiv city). Apparently, these are the regions in respect of which the agreements are reached behind the scenes.


Kyrylenko has also put marks in front of some regions including "categorically" "1st Vice" in front of Vinnytsia region or "PPB" (Petro Poroshenko Bloc) "1st Vice" in front of Ivano-Frankivsk region.


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The Verkhovna Rada Deputies were earlier get caught in the lens playing computer games, ordering tours or barber's services right during the parliamentary sessions. But it was the first time they were caught squabbling over cabinet appointments directly in the session hall of the parliament.Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/p360055