from the dark-side-welcoming-committee dept.
It's not the first time Vader has entered Ukraine's political sphere.
As well as being seen in Kiev's Independence Square during the protests this winter - Vader also made a bid to become mayor of Odessa late last year, after being carried to the city hall by stormtroopers.
Meanwhile, further reports suggest that as well as his pledge to restore Ukraine to its former glories, his presidential demands also include a plot of land where he can park his spaceship.
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In the next step of the Darth Vader movement in Ukraine, and coming just before the new Star Wars movie is out, a statue of Lenin was replaced with a statue of Darth Vader.
Ukrainians have transformed a statue of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin into one of Darth Vader in the city of Odessa. The absurd but highly-symbolic move comes just before the release of the latest "Star Wars" movie.
The founder of the former communist state, the Soviet Union, has long been despised by many Ukrainians. In April, the government passed a law, ordering all symbols of the Soviet era to be removed from the country.
"After the anti-communism law was adopted earlier this year, we had to decide what to do with the monument [of Lenin]," Oleksandr Milov, the sculptor of the new statue, told the AFP news agency. A 'real life' Vader, one of several in Ukraine, was on hand to check that the new statue was 'fully operational'
"Honestly, I did not like the idea of destroying it, so we decided on a more flexible solution," he said, adding that they were planning to install a Wi-fi router on the statue's head so that he can "communicate with the other Siths."