KIEV, Ukraine -- Dozens of Ukrainian students rushed to the Kiev McDonalds restaurant, demanding a free lunch promised in a propaganda leaflet as a present from former PM Yulia Tymoshenko for her a birthday, news agencies reported Sunday.
Tymoshenko turned 45 on Friday, and spent the day quietly with her family.
However in Kiev the ousted PM’s birthday was celebrated without her participation, when students crowded in the city’s McDonalds restaurants, demanding free lunches, Itar Tass reported.
It appeared that somebody had distributed a leaflet around the city, promising everyone free McDonalds lunches to honor Tymoshenko’s birthday.
McDonalds management denied its participation in the action, and the young people had to leave.
Some observers call the incident a provocation, Itar Tass added. Campaign ahead of elections to Ukrainian Rada started this week, and Tymoshenko’s faction Batkivshina is an active participant.