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Ear to the Ground

Ukraine Power Struggle Escalates

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Posted on May 25, 2007

For months now, Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko and Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych have been at loggerheads, but their tug-of-war has gotten more intense in the last 48 hours.  On Friday, Yanukovych declared that the “use of force scenario” was underway as Yuschenko threatened to take charge of 40,000 troops, the BBC reports.


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The EU has urged both parties to settle the deepening crisis though negotiation and not resort to violence.

The row over control of the Interior Ministry special troops comes a day after riot police—acting in defiance of the president—seized the offices of sacked prosecutor general Svyatoslav Piskun.

They were acting on orders issued by Interior Minister Vasyl Tsushko—an ally of Mr Yanukovych—after President Yushchenko sacked Mr Piskun.
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By Loring Wirbel, May 25, 2007 at 9:12 pm Link to this comment
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Yushchenko has pissed away most of the sympathy he gained from his poisoning, what with the earlier corruption and the current ratcheting up of the crisis.  It goes without saying that Yanukovitch was not to be trusted, but anyone who thought Yushchenko would be some kind of hero for the west must be disappointed.

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