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Chewbacca campaigns for Darth Vader in Ukraine, gets handcuffed by police

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Sunday it seems is not the best day for calls to join the dark side in Ukraine, as the country goes to polls and any campaigning is forbidden. Chewbacca felt the harshness of the law as police handcuffed the growling creature in the country’s south.

The detaining of the hairy companion of smuggler-turned-hero Han Solo happened in the port city of Odessa. Chewbacca drove Darth Vader to a polling station, but police detained him for violating a law that forbids campaigning on election day. They also had issues with his failure to produce a driving license and resisting arrest.

Lord Vader complained about the detention of his supporter. He also said he failed to cast his own vote as he was missing from lists of people entitled to cast their ballot - despite the fact he has a Ukrainian passport, issued for Darth Alekseyevich Vader.

Ukrainians are casting ballots in a poll that is viewed by many as a confidence vote for the ruling coalition, which has lost much of its popularity following 20 months of economic hardships. Despite the somber mood, there were a number of strange incidents that took place around the country.

In Kiev, a station where President Petro Poroshenko voted opened late because the chair of the election commission lost the key to a safe, which contained the ballot papers. The safe was cracked open with a rotating saw, which allowed the president and others to vote.

A somewhat frightening confrontation happened in the city of Berdyansk in south eastern Ukraine. One of the voters came in the company of a bodyguard armed with an assault rifle. Police insisted that the gunman left the premises, after which his client voted. It’s not clear why the authorities did not detain the armed bodyguard, who seemed to be taking his job a little too seriously.

And in the village Libokhora near in the Lvov Region, commission members asked voters to cast ballots in different boxes depending on who they voted for. They said it would make counting the ballots much easier.