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Wednesday, July 09, 2008

United Center Gears Up for Convention

Voiceover: Ukraine’s has long been searching for a center that would unite the efforts of many patriots to achieve a common goal. Kyiv, July 12: The United Center Convention. United Center!


1990: human chain between cities; declaration of Ukraine’s independence
1992: Ukrainian banner is raised
1996: Constitution is adopted
2004: Orange Revolution
2006: Ukraine’s soccer team makes it to the FIFA World Cup semi-final
2008: Ukraine joins the WTO; Europe Day is held in Ukraine

Caption: United Center, grassroots support.

Not only does this ad mess with the mind of the audience, but it also messes up the timeline.

Ukraine declared independence in 1991, not in 1990 as shown in the above timeline. On July 16, 1990, Ukraine declared sovereignty while remaining a part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine would not declare independence until August 24, 1991.

The blue-yellow Ukrainian national flag made its way to the floor of the Verkhovna Rada on August 23, 1991, not in 1992 as the timeline says. And why portray Ukraine’s accession into the WTO by running a picture of U.S. Ambassador William Taylor delivering a speech at an ACC event?

Now let’s set the record straight on the United Center. What does United Center stand for? United Center stands for United Center of Shyrka, or Yushchenko’s grand coalition with certain members of the Party of Regions.

Speaking of narodna opora, (grassroots support), narodna omana (grassroots deceit) would sound much more coherent.

Or how about “The grass is greener on the Regions' side, now that we’ve pissed away the Orange Revolution?"

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