Yanukovych to Tymoshenko: Bear responsibility as premier, or 'go back to the kitchen' as a woman

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Jan. 20, 2010, 5:03 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine
Kharkiv, January 20 (Interfax-Ukraine) - Regions Party leader Victor Yanukovych has called on his voters to hold Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to account ahead of the presidential election run-off vote. "I'm told that it's useless and wrong to argue with a woman. I don't agree with this. First and foremost, I think that if she is prime minister, she has to be held responsible for everything she says. And if she is a woman, she has to go to the kitchen," Yanukovych said.

"I think that it will be right if we hold Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to account each day before the end of the second round and oblige her to tell us the truth and uncover her misleading stories," he told Regions Party activists in Kharkiv region on Wednesday.

Yanukovych said that his team would face a difficult task of reviving Ukraine's economy after the presidential election. He also said that the "Orange team should not escape responsibility."

"We should not let them [the Orange team] go. Tymoshenko should not escape somewhere before the election. She has to be held to account," he said.

Yanukovych said that the statements and accusations made being made by the prime minister against him after the first round were humiliating his voters.

Yanukovych said that he respected all voters who supported other candidates.

"We should convince them [the voters] in future through action, not words," he said, adding that the "whole country and the whole world are fed up with the prime minister's promises."
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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 5:57 p.m.    

Here we go again with Yanukovych retoric, holding someone accountable for their actions is one thing,but telling a woman to back in the kitchen is a slap in the face to all Ukrainian women. This man has lost all the respect and values that women deserve in today's world.

Are You still going to vote for this loser after this comment ?

If you are, you deserve it.


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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 6:12 p.m.    

Nice to know sexism is alive and well with Yanukovych. He is such a dinosaur it's untrue.

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 6:30 p.m.    

Yanukovich should keep his wife in the basement, so as not to frighten young children.

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 6:32 p.m.    

Yanukovych is such a jerk. How can some Ukrainians envision this man as their president?

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 7:42 p.m.    

But the sheep will still vote for him...

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 8:07 p.m.    

Why does this man repeatedly have to prove how stupid he really is? I hope the women of Ukraine listen to how this uneducated fool speaks.

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 8:41 p.m.    

Super leader Yanikovych is absolutely correct about the orange loser oligarch Timoshenko.

She and her orange loser boss Yushchenko should be held accountable for bringing to the Ukraine people the worst child alcoholism, worst prostitution, worst cronyism and corruption, worst economy slump.

Time for the Ukraine people to open tribunal of the orange crimes against the Ukraine people.

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 10:54 p.m.    

Aww, sweet young love...

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 9:50 p.m.    

The comments comming out of Yanukovych's mouth are incredibly immature and insane. Does he not care what the Ukrainian people, especially the woman think? His comments are being noticed by European and Western Media outlets. In Canada, the woman here would refer to Yanukovych as a "pig".

Do the Ukrainian people understand the international embarassment Ukraine will face just by having this primitive idiot in a leadership role. Would Yanukovych tell Germany's Merkel to "go back to the kitchen" if he did not like what she had to say? Does Yanukovych understand that in Western countries, blatant sexist discrimination such as these crude comments can lead to criminal charges under sexual harassment and an abuse of human rights?

If Yanukovych became president, the message to democratic countries around the world would be that Ukraine is not yet ready to join them in a collaborative partnership.

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 10:20 p.m.    

It's hard to believe how a politician would torpedo his campaign with words like that. But Ukraine, is still very much a "macho-istic" society so he may get away from that. You folks fail to understand the hate that the Populist Timoshenko generates when she opens her mouth.Even Yuschenko truly despises her. She is dangerous because noone really knows what she is going to do as President. She has shifted her position so many times all at the price of her obtaining more political power so who knows what she really believes in except giving higher pensions and printing money to pay it which is the most idiotic economic thing to do.And her claims against corruption are a joke since she was one of the most corrupted people in Ukraine in the 90s shaving money off gas deals. Say what you will about Yanukovich but at least you know what his position is, and he really isn't all that different when Kuchma was in power and the economy grew. Those who support Timoshenko are the same old diaspora dreamers who instead of facing reality, prefer to watch old videos and read old articles of the so-called "Orange Revolution".

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 12:41 a.m.    

I understand most of your views.

Timoshenko has highjacked the idealism of the Orange revolution for her own manipulations and Yanukovych is a crude sexist Russophile who is utterly unsuitable to represent Ukraine domestically and on the international stage. The current state of politics is a situation for Ukraine to work out on its own and believe me, Timoshenko's braids do not fool anyone in North America. However, a close watch will be maintained on these elections to ensure that subterfuge from Moscow is contained to a minimum, as the last time.

Unfortunately, it appears Ukraine is faced with the prospect of voting in a marginal leader, one who will hopefully be less damaging than the other candidate for leadership of the country but none the less, incompetent for the position of president. Democracy is still in its infancy in Ukraine and it will be some time yet before it is developed to a level where it can effectively function.

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 11:50 p.m.    

The previous comments are idiotic. Go to her website. She has publishhed her candidate program. She is for EU membership and pragmatic relations with Russia. She is for economic and political reform so as to end 5 years of paralysis, caused by legislation implemented to protect a departing Kuchma. What is Yanukovych for? A Moscow led customs union, turning his back on the EU, two fingers to NATO, and carving up the country for his corrupt oligrach friends. He is a disgrace. As president he would make Ukraine a laughing stock on the world stage. How can you support such a criminal?

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Anonymous Jan. 20, 2010, 11:59 p.m.    

"So-called" Orange Revolution. I suppose it was a figment of my imagination.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 12:02 a.m.    

Why is Timo a "populist" and Yanu not? Is raising pensions just before two presidential elections not the ultimate in being "populist"? Didn't Timo's faction vote against it. Tak. So who is the populist?

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 12:07 a.m.    

I would think that all women can handle being president or any other place in government plus being able to cook anytime they wish and balance their bank account along with their husbands account at same time along with doing many other tasks they choose. Yanukovych only wish he had as much talent as Yulia or any other woman with dreams of becoming more than just a great cook.

If people vote Yanu in as president,I would suppose he suggest all women in Ukraine stay home and cook. It sounds like a way to keep the Ukrainian economy in the dark ages.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 3:39 a.m.    

Viktor Fedorovych just cost himself a significant number of russophile, female votes. He is not a very astute politician, is he?

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 6:30 a.m.    

Good News. A poll was taken of Tigipko's people who voted for him and 56% said they will vote for Yanukovich. That plus the 4% or so who voted for Symonenko should push Yanukovich over the 50% mark. It is time for a new man in charge and away with this Orange revolution gibberish. Yuschenko is gone, now if Timoshenko goes away then finally some real progress in the Ukrainian economy will happen.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 6:55 p.m.    

If that statement was made in any true democratic country, this Yanukovych loser would have been fried and cooked for the birds to eat. He would have been forced to make a public apology to all women in the world, and he would have been put in a position to resign.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 9:54 a.m.    

Having such a view on women should make all women vote for Tymoschenko and hence give her 55% of the vote overall.

Having such primeval view on women is very strange to say the least. It says that Yanu wants Ukraine to go backwards into the future and have the role models as men in work and women at home.

Welcome to the future with Yanu - He wants you to stay home and be the house wife - nothing else.

I had some sceptisism to Yanu before, but this just made me turn my back to him as a Ukrainian leader, where over 50% of the population is women.

If he can not show any respect to them, how will he treat the remaining 45% of the population, where 95% is suffering from poverty and not belonging to his standards - being wealthy and rich.

No, Ukraine is better off with a politician that respects both sexes and make an effort to promote that both parties should be equal and respected.

I truly hope that any voters, voted on other parties in first round, will give thier vote to the person that show this respect and at the same time is willing to raise Uraine out of the mess it is in at the moment.

Do not forget that majority of Rada sessions last year were blocked by Regions of Party people and prohibited important decisions, so do not blame one side only - it takes to to tango...

Blame the other side is hardly constructive - focus on solutions and not look back all the time.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 10:13 a.m.    

I hope Tymo block ill use this statemrny to tell the voters how big a looser women will be with a vote to Yanu.

Use of media for articles, brochures, pamphlets and adverts in papers... Utilize all sources to tell people hos big a failure Yanu is and what a disaster he will be for 55% of its people - the women.

If you want to stay home as a housewife give your Vote to Yanu...

Satisfied with 2000 gryvnas a month - vote for Yanu

You want to be a child producer - vote for Yanu

If you do not beleve in yourself - vote for Yanu

Want 55% of Ukraine popluation outside value added work in Ukraine - vote for Yanu.

We do not need money - vote for Yanu.....

All i have to say is:

If you are a woman - cast your vote to Tymu

With 55% of the votes from them and additional 25% of male votes, she is in for a land slide election with more than 70% of the votes in total. WIll not happen - but should happen really. Slap Yanu in the face with a vote for Tymu - and let him sit in the basement together with his wife cooking borsh to him - will keep the children happy and not disturbing anyone else.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 3:20 p.m.    

It was the Yuschenko-Timoshenko "team" that got Ukraine i nto the economic mess they are in. Ukraine is one of the poorest countries of Europe if not the poorest. Now that Yuschenko is out, it is time for Timoshenko to step aside also and "go back to the kitchen" if real progress is to be made. You diaspora people are so narrow-minded and so Russo-phobic.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 7:18 p.m.    

You are way off the target my friend. Mess was created the moment Ukraine got its independence. Russia phobia has nothing to do with this apart from your wish it would the sorry excuse for a failed politician with arcaich view in women in spsific and society in general.

Point fingers to nternational crisis as cause for 2009 economic disaster in Ukraine, and give the blame that nonr of the above wants to establish a clean Ukraine sociey without corruption, wealth concentration and stealing of state properties only ot enrich themselves.

Any of these politicians belong to the average Ukrainian people - did not think so no..

Most are millionairs if not billionairs, with little or no concern to te people on grass root level.

Throw shit around and all you will smell is shit.

At the moment the Ukraine politicians begin to focus on the problems Ukraine has, instead of telling what the other part should do or can not do - then the Ukrainians will be the loosers - majaor way.

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Anonymous Jan. 21, 2010, 7:21 p.m.    

Avoiding that Yanu has old established thoughts about Ukraine women and their role in society can not be the solution when selecting the future Ukraine leader (if it can be called so in a system where roles of president and prime minister seem to only create confusion even amongst themselves as the constitution does not give clearer mandates than it does).

Take the facts and what the candidates say - Yanu has told Ukrainian women that they do belong behind the kitchen bench - nothing more.. How old fashion and stupid can you be as a self proclaimed moderne political thinker..

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