January 24, 2005 |
Viktor Yushchenko was sworn in Sunday as president of Ukraine, pledging to root out corruption, promote national unity and build strong ties with the rest of Europe. The former opposition leader took his oath of office in parliament, his hand on an antique Bible. But he honored supporters by delivering his main inaugural speech in central Kiev's Independence Square, the site of mass demonstrations late last year that helped force a rerun of fraud-marred balloting.
January 12, 2005 |
The Moscow-backed loser of Ukraine's presidential election staved off his pro-Western rival's inauguration for another day by persuading the Supreme Court to block publication of the official result Tuesday. Overnight, the Central Election Commission had declared that Viktor Yushchenko would be Ukraine's next president, after more than two weeks of political limbo following the Dec. 26 vote.
December 16, 2004 |
New tests reveal that Ukrainian presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko's blood contains the second-highest level of dioxin poisoning ever recorded in a human -- more than 6,000 times the normal concentration, the expert analyzing the samples said. Abraham Brouwer, professor of environmental toxicology at the Free University in Amsterdam, where the blood samples were sent for analysis, said they contained about 100,000 units of dioxin per gram of blood fat.
December 12, 2004 |
Ukrainian presidential hopeful Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned with dioxin, most likely intentionally, doctors in Vienna who had been struggling to diagnose his mystery illness confirmed Saturday. Yushchenko, a pro-Western opposition leader, has alleged since suddenly falling ill in September that he was poisoned in an attempt to kill a key critic of Ukraine's government. Authorities have denied the charge, and some government supporters have ridiculed it.
December 5, 2004 |
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko relaunched his presidential campaign with a massive but relatively somber rally Saturday evening after failing to win a deal in Ukraine's parliament to strengthen guarantees against fraud in the hard-won repeat runoff. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, meanwhile, announced through an aide that he would stand in the rematch with Yushchenko despite believing that the Supreme Court erred in ruling his disputed Nov. 21 runoff victory invalid a day earlier.
December 1, 2004 |
Talks between Ukraine's two rival presidential candidates broke down Tuesday, but the arrival of a key European Union envoy offered fresh prospects that a peaceful solution to the crisis over the nation's disputed election could be found. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana met with outgoing President Leonid D. Kuchma late Tuesday before a larger round of talks today.
November 24, 2004 |
Outgoing Ukrainian President Leonid D. Kuchma on Tuesday called for negotiations to solve this country's bitter election crisis, which escalated when 150,000 supporters of pro-Western opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko gathered to protest the results of Sunday's balloting and Yushchenko himself took a symbolic oath of office. The oath-taking had no legal meaning but signaled dramatic rejection of an official vote count in the runoff that favored Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich.
October 24, 2004 |
In the biggest demonstration here since the Soviet Union broke up, at least 100,000 Ukrainians poured into the streets Saturday to demand a clean presidential election in a show of strength for opposition hopeful Viktor Yushchenko. Throngs of supporters carrying the orange banners of Yushchenko's campaign surged down Kiev's elegant central streets, bringing traffic to a halt. "A decisive day for the nation is approaching. We are ready.
September 11, 2004 |
A blast leveled a Ukrainian church in Colchester, shaking nearby buildings and tossing shards of glass and wood debris hundreds of feet. No injuries were reported. The cause of the explosion at St. Mary's Ukrainian Catholic Church was not immediately clear. The brick building had an indoor propane tank for cooking, state police Sgt. J. Paul Vance said.
August 8, 2004 |
Of the countless Ukrainians suffering aftereffects of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, 100 or so in this town are among the most vulnerable. They are the children at the Pugachevka orphanage for the mentally disabled. Victims of disease, genetic problems, or their parents' alcohol and drug abuse, they've been left in a stinking compound 80 miles from the site of the 1986 reactor explosion and fire that spewed a cloud of radiation over much of Europe.