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"There are people in power who are destroying our country and our city today. I'm challenging them. I will run for the office of mayor of Kyiv. Together we will destroy their schemes and shady deals. We will make Kyiv safe and comfortable. We will stop anti-Ukrainian revenge and show that Kyiv is the Ukrainian capital," Illenko said in a video address on Facebook on August 13.

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Illenko is now deputy head of the Svoboda Party. He was elected to parliament twice (the 7th and 8th convocations) from Kyiv's district No. 215.

Milestones of mayoral election campaign in Kyiv

  • The Central Election Commission has officially scheduled the 2020 local elections in Ukraine for October 25.
  • Popular Ukrainian TV host and stand-up comic Serhiy Prytula, who has won praise among many for his efforts to raise money for the military repelling Russian aggression, announced on August 11 he would be running for the post of Kyiv mayor with the Holos (Voice) Party.
  • Former Ukrainian Member of Parliament and ex-delegate from Ukraine to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Boryslav Bereza announced on August 12 he would run for the post of Kyiv mayor.
  • On July 16, MP Iryna Vereshchuk won the Servant of the People's intra-party primaries. She will be the candidate from the Servant of the People Party during the mayoral elections in Kyiv.
  • Former lawmaker and ex-mayor of Kharkov Mykhailo Dobkin could also run for the post of mayor of Kyiv. In July, he released a promo video in support of his future campaigning.
  • The Batkivshchyna Party will nominate incumbent Member of Parliament Oleksiy Kucherenko as its candidate for mayor of Kyiv.
  • The country's Chief Medical Officer Viktor Liashko announced he would not take part in the mayoral elections in Kyiv.