About: Yulia Tymoshenko

Europe's East 11-12-2019

‘Ukraine at its worst’: Is the new president targeting his predecessor?

Ukraine's State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) has opened a new pre-trial criminal investigation into former President Petro Poroshenko, in an act seen by many as politically motivated and a symbol of Ukrainian politics at its worst.
Europe's East 29-08-2019

Ukraine’s new and unpredictable parliament set for marathon first session

Ukraine's new parliament will meet for the first time on Thursday (29 August), dominated by the party of ex-comedian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy who has an unprecedented chance to fulfil his political ambition of "breaking the system".
Europe's East 01-04-2019

Not an April spoof: Comedian races ahead in Ukrainian presidential election

A comedian with no political experience raced ahead in Ukraine’s presidential election on Sunday (31 March), offering a fresh face to voters fed up with entrenched corruption in a country on the frontline of the West’s standoff with Russia.
Europe's East 27-02-2019

Comedian takes centre stage in Ukraine’s presidential race

In a popular Ukrainian TV series, comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy plays a president who is scrupulously honest and outwits crooked lawmakers and shadowy businessmen who try to stand in his way.
Europe's East 27-02-2019

Ukraine President’s associate quits in corruption probe ahead of vote

A close associate of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stepped aside from a senior government role on Tuesday (26 February) pending a corruption investigation involving his son a month before the incumbent faces a tough battle for re-election.
Europe's East 30-03-2016

Tymoshenko dampens hopes for quick end to Ukraine leadership crisis

Ukraine's prospects of forming a new coalition - vital to get IMF loan talks back on track - were thrown into fresh doubt on Tuesday (29 March), after Yulia Tymoshenko demanded the inclusion of her Fatherland Party in the new government.
Europe's East 29-03-2016

Reports: New Ukrainian government in the offing

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk's party has agreed with President Petro Poroshenko's faction and the Fatherland party - all former coalition partners - to form a new alliance, the head of Yatseniuk's People's Front party, said on Monday (28 March).
Europe's East 01-09-2015

Poroshenko brands parliament attack ‘a stab in the back’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today (1 September) called yesterday's attack by extremist forces on Ukraine's parliament, in which a police officer was killed and several people were seriously wounded, "a stab in the back".
Ukrainian woman has cast her vote
Elections 25-05-2014

Ukrainians vote to save their country

Ukrainians vote today (25 May) for a leader they hope will save their country from bankruptcy, dismemberment and civil war, but eastern cities were turned into ghost towns where armed separatist fighters kept polling stations shut.
Europe's East 31-03-2014

‘Chocolate king’ runs as favourite in Ukrainian election

Petro Poroshenko, a 48-year-old billionaire known as the 'Chocolate King' is now the front-runner for the 25 May presidential election in Ukraine, which the new leadership hopes will unite a divided country, amid growing pressure from Russia hostile to its political changes.
Europe's East 29-11-2013

Ukraine, EU dig in heels as Vilnius summit opens

The European Union made a last attempt to salvage an historic Association Agreement with Ukraine as the Eastern Partnership summit opened in Vilnius yesterday (28 November). But Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich remained firm that a deal could not be signed in the foreseeable future, while the EU side rejected tripartite talks with Russia as a no-go. EURACTIV reports from Vilnius.
Europe's East 30-10-2013

EU makes new bid for deal on Ukraine’s jailed Tymoshenko

European Union mediators resumed a push on Tuesday to secure the release of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, with EU politicians warning time was running out before the signing of a landmark trade agreement next month.
Europe's East 23-10-2013

EU ministers urge Ukraine to stop bluffing on Tymoshenko

Two European Union ministers urged Ukraine on Tuesday to stop "bluffing" and reach a deal on the release of jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko because time was running out.
Europe's East 13-10-2013

Minister: Positive outcome on the ‘Tymoshenko issue’ is expected

A positive outcome is expected in the case of the jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, which is currently the subject of negotiations between the Ukrainian government and the EU, Leonid Kozhara, Ukraine's foreign minister has told journalists in Kyiv.
Europe's East 07-10-2013

Solution emerging on Tymoshenko’s case: reports

EU envoys formally asked Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich to pardon his jailed opponent Yulia Tymoshenko, while she signalled for the first time that she was ready for an agreement that would send her to Germany.
Europe's East 26-07-2013

Verheugen slams Berlin’s handling of EU-Ukraine relations

Günter Verheugen, a former European Commission vice president and heavyweight in Germany's Social Democratic party (SDP), said he saw “double-standards” in the German government's handling of Ukraine's bid to conclude an association agreement with the EU.
Europe's East 02-05-2013

Court decision prompts fresh EU calls to free Tymoshenko

The European Union has urged Ukrainian authorities to “reconsider thoroughly” the imprisonment of  Yulia Tymoshenko following a European Court of Human Rights ruling that the arrest of the former prime minister was illegal and politically motivated.
Europe's East 30-04-2013

EU countries divided over Tymoshenko case

As the May deadline for signing a EU-Ukraine association agreement approaches, some EU countries are prepared to overlook the imprisonment of former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, arguing that the Union should not lose Ukraine over the fate of one person.
Europe's East 26-04-2013

Window of opportunity is closing, EU ministers warn Ukraine

The foreign ministers of several EU countries gave Ukraine a discouraging report yesterday (25 April) on its efforts to deepen ties with the bloc and suggested the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko remained a serious obstacle.
Europe's East 03-04-2013

Protests turn up the heat on Ukraine’s Yanukovich

Thousands of supporters of Ukraine's re-energised opposition movement rallied outside parliament yesterday (2 April) to press for early mayoral elections in Kiev, the biggest such action against President Viktor Yanukovich this year.
Europe's East 08-03-2013

Ukrainian ex-minister: ‘Our judges are independent from the law’

Petro Poroshenko, a former top government minister and an influential businessman, said yesterday (7 March) he regretted the “selective justice” that led to an opposition lawmaker to lose his parliamentary seat.
Europe's East 06-03-2013

Ukrainian authorities up pressure on Tymoshenko ally

The European Union yesterday (5 March) condemned a move by Ukrainian authorities to suspend parliamentary immunity for lawyer Serhiy Vlasenko, who has actively campaigned in defence of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Energy 04-03-2013

Yanukovych prepared to offer Putin a gas deal

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych hinted that he might be ready to cede some control of his country's gas pipeline system that transports Russian gas to Europe ahead of a meeting today (4 March) with his Russian counterpart.
Europe's East 26-02-2013

EU sets May deadline for Ukraine’s reforms

The EU said it wants to see Ukraine take “determined action" and make "tangible progress” on human rights issues within two months, including on the situation of imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.