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March 27, 1994 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a historic but wildly confusing exercise in democracy, Ukrainians head for the polls today to try to elect their first post-Communist Parliament. The contest could bring an end to the chronic political chaos that has plagued and impoverished this new nation of 52 million. Or it could doom a still-nuclear country the size of France to more infighting, corruption and political paralysis, deeper regional rifts, and even disintegration.
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March 29, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Former heavyweight boxing champion-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko withdrew from Ukraine's presidential race Saturday, throwing his support to a liberal billionaire. Klitschko, one of three leaders who coordinated recent popular uprisings in the country that unseated pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, announced the decision to withdraw from the scheduled May 25 presidential vote during a convention of his UDAR party in Kiev. “The only chance to win is through nominating one candidate from united democratic forces,” Klitschko said in his convention speech.
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March 29, 2014 | By Victoria Butenko and Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Former heavyweight boxing champion-turned-politician Vitali Klitschko withdrew from Ukraine's presidential race Saturday, throwing his support to a liberal billionaire. Klitschko, one of three leaders who coordinated recent popular uprisings in the country that unseated pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich, announced the decision to withdraw from the scheduled May 25 presidential vote during a convention of his UDAR party in Kiev. “The only chance to win is through nominating one candidate from united democratic forces,” Klitschko said in his convention speech.
WORLD
March 21, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Sergei L. Loiko
LONDON - Ukraine was tugged in opposite directions Friday in a reminder of the Cold War past, with the government in Kiev pushing westward through closer ties to the European Union and Russia pulling Crimea eastward by formally annexing it. Separate signing ceremonies in Brussels and Moscow illustrated the rapidly diverging paths of Ukraine and the Crimean peninsula, which Ukraine insists still belongs to it but which Russia claims as its own....
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June 17, 1992 | ALEX SHPRINTSEN and MICHAEL PARKS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A coalition of Ukrainian nationalist and pro-democracy forces emerged here Tuesday to challenge President Leonid Kravchuk's government, ending his six-month political honeymoon with the country's opposition groups. Meeting after a boisterous rally of more than 3,000 miners, teachers and physicians in front of the Ukrainian Parliament, opposition leaders agreed on a petition drive for a referendum on dissolving the legislature, elected in 1990 in the waning years of Soviet rule.
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November 21, 1991 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It was only noon, but this was the third campaign stop of the day, and Vyacheslav Chornovil's voice, damaged by 15 years in labor camps and Siberian exile, had been reduced to a croaking whisper. Wearing a blue suit, he stood amid the drill pressers at the Fiolent Radio Parts Factory, addressing 80 or so workers clad in greasy overalls. His broad forehead, accentuated by a receding hairline, glistened with sweat.
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October 8, 1999 | MARY MYCIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With President Leonid D. Kuchma facing 14 challengers, Ukraine's third presidential race in eight years of independence was bound to heat up in the weeks before the Oct. 31 election. After months of mudslinging, pundits wondered what heavy artillery the candidates were reserving for the final showdown of this country's nastiest campaign.
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August 9, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian prosecutors issued bribery and smuggling charges Wednesday against a high-profile Ukrainian opposition figure who already faces corruption charges at home. The accusations against Yulia Tymoshenko came 10 days after Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, visited Ukraine and met with President Leonid D. Kuchma, signaling closer ties between the two nations.
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April 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters have given Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma a strong mandate to expand his controls over an unruly parliament, but the vote alone does not ensure him a decisive victory in his power struggle with legislators. During a weekend referendum, voters overwhelmingly approved four Kuchma proposals that would alter parliament. However, the proposals still require approval of parliament itself, and if it is withheld, a deep political crisis could ensue.
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April 15, 2000 | From Reuters
President Leonid D. Kuchma secured a high-profile endorsement from U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on Friday ahead of his bid to win extended powers at the expense of the Ukrainian parliament in a weekend referendum. Albright told reporters as she arrived for a one-day visit that Kuchma's reelection last November offered hope to the nation. "Ukraine . . .
WORLD
March 3, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Russia's military action in Crimea has strengthened support for economic aid to beleaguered Ukraine, yet the multibillion-dollar package under discussion in world capitals still must navigate a treacherous course. With Russian troops now essentially in control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, President Obama challenged lawmakers who have been demanding tough action to start with an aid package to help shore up the fledgling government in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. Obama said Monday that he'd heard "a lot of talk from Congress about what should be done.
WORLD
February 16, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
MOSCOW - Anti-government protesters who have disrupted traffic and official functions in major Ukrainian cities for nearly three months vacated Kiev City Hall and other key state buildings Sunday, defusing the worst crisis to beset the deeply divided former Soviet republic in a decade. Opposition activists have insisted that their concession, in exchange for the release of the last 234 detained protesters, won't end their campaign to force Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to resign.
WORLD
February 7, 2010 | By Megan K. Stack
When it comes to messy politics -- and old-fashioned entertainment -- it's hard to top the theatrics of the relatively young democracy in Ukraine. Here are a few choice moments from the presidential campaign that ended with Sunday's runoff election: While on a campaign stop in the western city of Lviv -- an area typically unreceptive to his historically pro-Russia politics -- candidate Viktor Yanukovich had an embarrassing slip of the tongue, Ukrainian...
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August 9, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Russian prosecutors issued bribery and smuggling charges Wednesday against a high-profile Ukrainian opposition figure who already faces corruption charges at home. The accusations against Yulia Tymoshenko came 10 days after Vladimir V. Putin, the president of Russia, visited Ukraine and met with President Leonid D. Kuchma, signaling closer ties between the two nations.
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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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February 14, 2001 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma faced a deepening political crisis over claims that he plotted a journalist's disappearance, one of his main opponents, former Deputy Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, was arrested Tuesday. Kuchma has been struggling desperately to shrug off the scandal for several months, ever since audiotapes surfaced linking him to the disappearance of Georgi Gongadze, an Internet journalist critical of authorities. The reporter's headless corpse was found in November.
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January 31, 1994 | MARY MYCIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Russian nationalist Yuri Meshkov became the first elected president of Ukraine's Crimean republic Sunday on a politically explosive promise to join the strategic Black Sea peninsula with Russia, early returns showed.
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March 2, 1992 | MARY MYCIO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Rukh, the mass movement that spearheaded Ukraine's drive for independence, emerged shaken but still intact Sunday from a three-day congress that narrowly averted splitting it in two over its future role in the new Ukraine. A bitter debate among nearly 1,000 delegates grew so heated that at one point, Rukh's two-term chairman, poet Ivan Drach, walked out of the meeting.
NEWS
February 11, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
President Leonid D. Kuchma dismissed the heads of two security agencies at the center of a scandal rocking Ukraine who are linked to the disappearance of an outspoken journalist, Russia's Interfax news agency said. Kuchma replaced Leonid Derkach, the chief of the State Security Service, and Volodymyr Shepel, the head of the State Guard Department, who are responsible for the security of the president and government leaders.
NEWS
April 18, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Voters have given Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma a strong mandate to expand his controls over an unruly parliament, but the vote alone does not ensure him a decisive victory in his power struggle with legislators. During a weekend referendum, voters overwhelmingly approved four Kuchma proposals that would alter parliament. However, the proposals still require approval of parliament itself, and if it is withheld, a deep political crisis could ensue.
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