Residents of Kiev gave their reactions to the Poroshenko-Putin campaign posters in the Ukrainian on Tuesday.
The billboards read “The decisive choice on April 21,” when Ukrainian presidential candidate and incumbent President Petro Poroshenko will face Ukrainian presidential candidate and entertainer Volodimir Zelenskiy in the second round of the election.
“This is manipulation. First of all... Еще, Putin may sue [Poroshenko] for illegally using his image. Secondly, it’s manipulation, playing with the feelings of people who don’t really know what’s going on,” one local man said.
“It’s hard to answer, if we take this as campaigning then why not? We have a confrontation between Putin and Poroshenko. That’s it. We have no opposition between Poroshenko and Zelensky. And the big question is if we are going to have a stand-off between Zelensky and Putin,” another man said.
“You know, there is advertising law. They have no right [to put an image on the billboard] without the permission of this person. I don’t think Putin gave the go-ahead, for this kind of advertising, furthermore, our enemy,” said another.
According to the RBC news outlet, Spokesperson for the Russian President Dmitry Peskov commented on the billboards saying, 'We choose Putin, and as for the Ukrainians — we’ll see.'
Zelenskiy won the first round of the presidential election on March 31, gathering 30 percent of the vote. He will face Poroshenko in the runoff election on April 21.