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February 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Leonid D. Kuchma over a scandal involving a missing journalist burned portraits of the leader Tuesday and chanted for a "Ukraine without Kuchma." Many of the approximately 5,000 demonstrators had marched to Kiev, the capital, from provincial towns and carried banners inscribed with their hometowns along with huge pictures of the president with his face crossed out.
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October 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Tens of thousands of Ukrainians rallied Saturday in the second nationwide demonstration in a month seeking to oust President Leonid D. Kuchma, who is under investigation for allegedly approving arms sales to Iraq. Protesters waving banners and chanting, "Away with Kuchma," marched behind former Deputy Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko, Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko and Socialist Party leader Oleksandr Moroz.
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November 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
President Leonid D. Kuchma won a second term Sunday with a convincing victory over a Communist who frightened many voters with his calls to turn back to the Soviet era. With more than 97% of the votes counted in the runoff election, Kuchma won 56% to Communist Party chief Petro Simonenko's 38%, the Central Elections Commission reported. Victory had been expected for Kuchma, despite unhappiness with his failure to rescue the economy or crack down on corruption.
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March 10, 2001 | From Associated Press
A tribute Friday to Ukraine's most famous poet turned into the bloodiest protest in a 3-month-old campaign against President Leonid D. Kuchma, with several people injured as demonstrators hurled bottles and a Molotov cocktail and riot police used tear gas. Snaking across Kiev, the capital, the protests grew throughout the day, swelling to as many as 18,000 people, police said--a huge gathering for this usually quiet city.
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December 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Engineers at the Chernobyl nuclear power station shut down its last working reactor a day earlier than planned Thursday, in an impromptu attempt to impress visiting President Leonid D. Kuchma. But officials said the plant would be restarted so as not to spoil a televised button-pushing ceremony planned for today when the power station, which caused the world's worst nuclear accident, is finally put to rest.
WORLD
October 13, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Tens of thousands of Ukrainians rallied Saturday in the second nationwide demonstration in a month seeking to oust President Leonid D. Kuchma, who is under investigation for allegedly approving arms sales to Iraq. Protesters waving banners and chanting, "Away with Kuchma," marched behind former Deputy Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko, Communist Party leader Petro Symonenko and Socialist Party leader Oleksandr Moroz.
NEWS
March 10, 2001 | From Associated Press
A tribute Friday to Ukraine's most famous poet turned into the bloodiest protest in a 3-month-old campaign against President Leonid D. Kuchma, with several people injured as demonstrators hurled bottles and a Molotov cocktail and riot police used tear gas. Snaking across Kiev, the capital, the protests grew throughout the day, swelling to as many as 18,000 people, police said--a huge gathering for this usually quiet city.
WORLD
March 11, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Leonid D. Kuchma was questioned in connection with the 2000 slaying of a journalist who wrote about top-level corruption in his government. Prosecutors refused to release details about what Kuchma told them but said he had been questioned as a witness. Kuchma has denied accusations that he gave the order that led to journalist Georgi Gongadze's abduction. The journalist's decapitated body was found several days later in a forest outside Kiev.
WORLD
December 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Ukraine's Supreme Court barred a criminal probe of President Leonid D. Kuchma, saying it had been opened illegally. Appellate Judge Yury Vasilenko in Kiev had ordered prosecutors to investigate opposition charges against Kuchma of corruption, abuse of power and arms sales to Iraq. Opposition leaders also accuse Kuchma of involvement in the murder of reporter Georgi Gongadze. The president denies all the charges.
WORLD
July 4, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A row over proposals to alter Ukraine's constitution erupted into a fistfight between two members of parliament and brought the chamber's deliberations to a halt. Parliament had been due to consider measures that would enable deputies to appoint some ministers but give President Leonid D. Kuchma the power to dissolve the chamber. The opposition says the plans amount to a sly attempt by Kuchma to remain in power after his second term ends in 2004.
NEWS
February 7, 2001 | From Associated Press
Thousands of protesters demanding the resignation of President Leonid D. Kuchma over a scandal involving a missing journalist burned portraits of the leader Tuesday and chanted for a "Ukraine without Kuchma." Many of the approximately 5,000 demonstrators had marched to Kiev, the capital, from provincial towns and carried banners inscribed with their hometowns along with huge pictures of the president with his face crossed out.
NEWS
December 15, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
Engineers at the Chernobyl nuclear power station shut down its last working reactor a day earlier than planned Thursday, in an impromptu attempt to impress visiting President Leonid D. Kuchma. But officials said the plant would be restarted so as not to spoil a televised button-pushing ceremony planned for today when the power station, which caused the world's worst nuclear accident, is finally put to rest.
NEWS
November 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
President Leonid D. Kuchma won a second term Sunday with a convincing victory over a Communist who frightened many voters with his calls to turn back to the Soviet era. With more than 97% of the votes counted in the runoff election, Kuchma won 56% to Communist Party chief Petro Simonenko's 38%, the Central Elections Commission reported. Victory had been expected for Kuchma, despite unhappiness with his failure to rescue the economy or crack down on corruption.
NEWS
December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Chernobyl was shut down forever with the flip of a switch, shifting attention to needed repairs on the sarcophagus covering the nuclear plant's ruined reactor, which is leaking radiation 14 years after the world's worst nuclear accident. At a state ceremony in Kiev, the capital, President Leonid D. Kuchma gave the order to halt Chernobyl's last working reactor over a video linkup with the plant.
WORLD
May 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
UKRAINE Ukrainian officials declared that their former Soviet republic will start the process to seek membership in NATO. Yevhen Marchuk, chief of the National Security and Defense Council, said President Leonid D. Kuchma attended the meeting where the decision was made and is expected to sign a corresponding document. Ukraine wants to officially inform NATO about its decision on July 9, during a visit by alliance Secretary-General George Robertson, Marchuk said.
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