December 20, 2004 |
Tensions over disputed presidential balloting were at a peak when Yulia Tymoshenko, the fiery second-in-command of Ukraine's opposition movement, stepped to the microphone of an outdoor stage during a rally early this month. The crowd of about 150,000 had gathered to back opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko's bid for the presidency.
December 16, 2004 |
At one campaign stop after another Wednesday, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich hammered a new message in his presidential rematch against pro-Western opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko: Vote for me, or the foreigners will steal your country and make you slaves. "We won't allow such a huge country as Ukraine to be humiliated," Yanukovich declared to a rally of about 8,000 supporters in this southeastern city, thrusting both arms into the air with clenched fists.
December 13, 2004 |
The Ukrainian prosecutor-general's office announced Sunday that it had reopened an investigation into allegations that presidential candidate Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned, after doctors in Austria confirmed he had ingested dioxin. Returning to Kiev after checking out of a Vienna clinic, Yushchenko said he was sure that members of the government were responsible for the dioxin poisoning that had disfigured his face and caused other symptoms.
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 11, 2004 |
Presidential contender Viktor Yushchenko said Friday that he was increasingly certain he had been poisoned in an effort to assassinate him, and he temporarily left the campaign trail to spend the weekend at a private clinic in Vienna where he was to undergo further medical tests. Yushchenko, widely viewed as a pro-Western democratic reformer, will face Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich in a Dec.
December 6, 2004 |
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko on Sunday pressed for the prime minister's removal from office, dismissal of electoral officials and new laws to guard against fraud in a repeat presidential vote, warning that his supporters' blockades of government offices would continue until outgoing President Leonid D. Kuchma meets those demands.
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.
November 25, 2004 |
Opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko called Wednesday for a nationwide strike to close down schools, factories and transportation after authorities declared Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich the winner of Ukraine's bitterly contested presidential election. U.S. officials, citing allegations of fraud, swiftly rejected the legitimacy of the result, called for a review of the vote and warned of possible penalties.
November 22, 2004 |
Pro-Western opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko claimed victory in Ukraine's presidential runoff Sunday and called supporters into the streets to ensure the vote count was fair. A key exit poll showed Yushchenko winning easily over Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, who favors strong ties with Russia.
April 27, 2001 |
An alliance of Communists and parties controlled by oligarchs ousted Ukraine's reformist prime minister Thursday, jeopardizing efforts to distance the country from its powerful and jealous neighbor, Russia, and draw it closer to the West. Parliament cast an overwhelming vote of no confidence in Viktor Yushchenko, a 47-year-old banker who during 16 months in office helped reverse the economy's decline and post the first growth since the collapse of the Soviet Union.