Meeting the 43-year-old nationalist leader is no extraordinary event for Borshchiv residents. They have seen Tyahnybok here at least five times in the last few years and are familiar with his party platform. After all, most Svoboda supporters live in western Ukraine. Tyahnybok seems at home but looks a little tired. The town hall meeting in Borshchiv is his third one that day.
“Glory to Ukraine!” Tyahnybok greets his followers while jumping on stage. People who looked relaxed a moment ago, are suddenly alert and loudly reply: “Glory to heroes!”
The 450-capacity concert hall at Borshchiv Agricultural and Technical College looks 75 percent full. Most people are middle-aged and elderly men and women.