It's not just the long reach of Vladimir Putin that will cast a shadow over the upcoming presidential elections in Ukraine - the shadows of the Galactic Empire are showing up, too.

An unidentified person adopting the Sith Lord's visage has been put forward as a candidate by the Ukrainian Internet Party, who've paid the necessary 2.5 million Hyrvnia to have Darth Vader put on the list candidates for the snap election alongside the likes of Yulia Tymoshenko and Petro Poroshenko, following the ousting of Viktor Yanukovych last month. Addressing his candidacy in a party statement, the Dark Lord of The Sith added:

I alone can make an empire out of a republic, to restore former glory, to return lost territories and pride for this country.

It's not the first time Lord Vader has made a push for political legitimacy in the Ukraine - in elections in 2012, he purportedly garnered 3% of the electorate's write-in votes, and most recently attempted to establish himself as Mayor of Odessa in late 2013.

[The Guardian]