Yulia Tymoshenko

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Putin Recalls Troops From Ukraine Border

As a presidential frontrunner emerges in Ukraine

(Newser) - Vladimir Putin has called on Russian troops near the border with Ukraine to head back to permanent bases, a move which could reduce regional tensions—if Russia actually follows through, the BBC reports. It's not the first time Russia has issued such a statement , and in the past, NATO... More »

Ukraine Hunts Ex-Leader on Mass Murder Arrest Warrant

US warns Russia against intervention

(Newser) - Ousted Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovich is now officially a fugitive from justice, just two days after the country's parliament voted to remove him from office . The country's interim interior minister has issued an arrest warrant accusing the ex-leader of "mass murder of peaceful citizens" over the deaths... More »

Pilot Tricked Ukraine Hijacker

He landed in Istanbul, announced it was Sochi

(Newser) - When a Ukraine passenger aboard a Turkish passenger plane announced that he had a bomb yesterday and ordered the plane to fly to Sochi, the pilot pulled a fast one, reports Radio Free Europe . He pretended to oblige but brought the plane down at an airport in Istanbul instead. Upon... More »

Irate Kiev Protesters Rip Down Lenin Statue

Ukraine again sees mass protests against closer Russia ties

(Newser) - Hundreds of thousands of angry anti-government protesters gathered for a third Sunday in a row in Kiev, this time ripping down a landmark statue of Vladimir Lenin and decapitating it in protest of the Ukraine's move toward Russia and away from the EU, reports the BBC . Chants of "... More »

Ukraine Ruling Party Claims Election Win

But ultranationalist party gets big boost

(Newser) - Ukraine's governing Party of Regions says it won yesterday's parliamentary elections, though it will be weeks before the new parliament's makeup becomes clear. Exit polls suggest President Viktor Yanukovich's ruling party took between 27.6% and 32% of the vote and the former prime minister Yulia... More »

Ukraine Opposition Leader Alleges Abuse by Guards

Tymoshenko shows photos of bruises

(Newser) - Ukraine's political infighting is reaching new levels: The former prime minister who has been jailed on what backers call trumped-up corruption charges released photos today of her bruised body, reports AP . Yulia Tymoshenko, hero of the nation's 2004 Orange Revolution, says prison guards roughed her up while taking... More »

Ukraine's Tymoshenko Sentenced to 7 Years

Former PM's trial said to be politically motivated

(Newser) - Ukraine's former PM Yulia Tymoshenko was convicted of exceeding her powers today and given a seven-year prison sentence in a trial that US and European leaders have called politically motivated. The charges centered around Tymoshenko ordering a state gas company to sign a deal with Russia in 2009 that... More »

Top 10 Hottest Heads of State

Sorry, Nobel Committee, Obama only ranks 15th

(Newser) - Barack Obama may have won a Nobel Peace Prize, and Yulia Tymoshenko has not, but there’s one thing the Ukrainian prime minister has over the president: She’s ranked No. 1 on HottestHeadsofState.com. The site offers “scientific and unbiased rankings” of world leaders’ hotness, complete with piercing... More »

Russia, Ukraine Reach Natural Gas Agreement

Russian gas to resume gas exports today

(Newser) - Russian gas will resume flowing into Ukraine’s domestic market today after the two countries settled their frosty dispute, the New York Times reports. As is customary for Western Europe, Kiev will now pay Moscow rates tied to the price of oil, but will receive a 20% discount, unlike Gazprom’... More »

Apartment Blast Kills 19 in Ukraine

Gas explosion suspected as rescuers look for survivors

(Newser) - Rescuers could hear cell phones ringing in the rubble as they pulled bodies from an apartment building in southern Ukraine that collapsed after an explosion last night, Reuters reports. At least 19 people are dead and 24 missing after the blast, likely caused by oxygen stored in the basement. All... More »

Ukrainian Prez and PM Bicker as Kiev Burns

Nation nears financial default, so why not call an election?

(Newser) - It's been four years since Viktor Yushchenko, cheated out of an election victory, led Ukrainians in an "Orange Revolution" that seemed to portend a break with the Soviet past. But now Ukraine is paralyzed: the economy is in shambles, and Yushchenko and PM Yulia Tymoshenko are so... More »

Ukraine Prez Calls Snap Vote

President dissolves Parliament after pro-West rivals turn on each other

(Newser) - The president of Ukraine dissolved parliament yesterday and called a snap election, the third in less than three years for the former Soviet republic, reports the New York Times. Viktor Yushchenko, the pro-Western leader who came to power in 2004, said that his former ally, prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, had... More »

Ukraine Faces Early Election as Coalition Falls

Feuding between pro-Western leaders leads to collapse

(Newser) - The government of Ukraine collapsed today after a falling out between the country's two pro-Western leaders, Bloomberg reports. President Viktor Yushchenko pulled his party out of the government of PM Yulia Tymoshenko last week after she tried to strip him of some of his powers. While Tymoshenko could try to... More »

Ukraine Leaders Face Off Over Georgia War

President blasts Russia, attacks prime minister's silence

(Newser) - Russia’s war with Georgia has dangerously exacerbated tensions in Ukrainian politics, with President Viktor Yushchenko slamming Russia’s actions while Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has kept mum, the Los Angeles Times reports. Standing firm for Georgia, Yushchenko called the prime minister's lack of action “high treason and political... More »

Ukraine's Government Near Collapse

President accuses PM of 'constitutional coup' after Georgia discord

(Newser) - Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko today accused his prime minister of trying to stage a "constitutional coup" against him after her part—a key member of the ruling coalition—voted to lessen Yushchenko’s powers and boost hers, the Guardian reports. The parties fell out over Russia's invasion of Georgia,... More »

West to Put Screws to Russia

New fury at Russia's formal recognition of breakaway states

(Newser) - The West is preparing to crank up diplomatic pressure on Russia after its challenging move formally recognizing breakaway Ossetia and Abkhazia in the wake of its invasion of Georgia. The US, Europe and NATO have condemned the action, but Russia remains defiant. "We are not afraid of anything, including... More »

Tymoshenko Elected Ukraine PM

On second try, Orange Revolution leader wins ballot by a whisker

(Newser) - Ukraine's parliament elected Orange Revolution leader Yulia Tymoshenko as prime minister today. The pro-Western leader and fiery orator won 226 votes, the exact number needed to take office, after coming up one vote short last week, Reuters reports. Tymoshenko promises to try to open Ukraine to the West and wants... More »

Tymoshenko Falls Short in Ukraine PM Bid

Orange leader accuses rivals of foul play after losing by 1 vote

(Newser) - Orange Revolution heroine Yulia Tymoshenko fell 1 vote short of regaining her old job as Ukrainian PM today in contentious balloting that saw deputies fighting and throwing water at each other, Reuters reports. Tymoshenko immediately accused her rivals of cheating, but they said her Orange coalition—which held just a... More »

'Orange' Leader Set to Become Ukrainian PM

Tymoshenko wins ex-rival's nod for job she lost in 2004

(Newser) - Two months after Ukraine's parliamentary elections and 3 years after she was sacked from the same job, Yulia Tymoshenko is expected to become prime minister on Tuesday, Reuters reports. Although a Russia-aligned party won the most seats in October's polling, the two pro-Western "Orange" parties form a larger, if... More »

Ukraine Prez Orders Recount as Both Sides Claim Victory

Tymoshenko still seems on course to be PM

(Newser) - Ukraine's parliamentary elections have come down the wire, with Yulia Tymoshenko vowing to form an Orange coalition government and the pro-Russian party insisting that it has won the poll. President Victor Yushchenko, who took office after 2004's Orange Revolution, ordered a recount of votes in the county's south and east—... More »

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