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March 23, 2023

Yulia Tymoshenko to run for Ukraine top office

Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said she plans to run for president of Ukraine in May elections, the BBC reports.
Ms Tymoshenko was released from prison in February following the ousting of President Viktor Yanukovych, after three years in jail. She has already served twice as prime minister and ran for president in 2010. She was a major figure in the 2004 “Orange Revolution” that toppled Mr Yanukovych’s first administration. Ms Tymoshenko said she would stand as “a candidate for Ukrainian unity”. She told reporters that she had earned the right to be considered a candidate who was against corruption. She narrowly lost the 2010 presidential election to pro-Russian Viktor Yanukovych. She was imprisoned in 2011 for corruption linked to a gas deal she brokered with Russia as prime minister in 2009. Her supporters say the case was politically motivated and instigated by her rival Mr Yanukovych. On Monday she denied the authenticity of a taped conversation in which she allegedly called for Russia to be turned into “scorched earth” and for ethnic Russians in Ukraine to be killed.

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