Ukraine's Tymoshenko Accuses Rival

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Sunday accused her pro-Russian rival in next week's presidential poll run-off, Viktor Yanukovich, of preparing to take power by force.

PM Yulia Tymoshenko

She said Yanukovich, the favourite to win the February 7 poll, was massing supporters around the capital Kiev and preparing to use "any means" to take power.

"The electoral commission acts like everything is fine, (but) in the polling stations there are falsifications," Tymoshenko said in the transcript of an interview with a Ukrainian television station made available on the government website.

"And around Kiev, all the holiday centres are full of fighters who are ready to take power using any means," the prime minister added.

"We remember all that from 2004. Yanukovich hasn't changed, his methods haven't changed, and his policies haven't changed," Tymoshenko is quoted as saying.

Mass rigging blamed on Yanukovich supporters and resulting protests which brought hundreds of thousands of Ukrainians onto the streets in the Orange Revolution forced the annullment of the 2004 presidential polls.

"As in 2004, we are going to put (Yanukovich) in his place in a severe manner and he will never get power in Ukraine, whatever the circumstances," said Tymoshenko, who was one of the leaders of the Orange Revolution.

Yanukovich led Tymoshenko by 10 percentage points in the first round.

Source: AFP

Comments

Gary said…
Thank you Nick,I love your Ukraine news blog.I think you do a top notch job reporting and look forward to meeting you some day.Thanks again Gary in NH USA
Nicholas said…
Thank you for the kind words, Gary, and I look forward to seeing you in Ukraine.
wesley rodgers said…
OK..Let us resolve ourselves to several key issues.!!
...The Ukraine voters do not have much of a choice as in the last election here in the U.S.
..As an AMERICAN journalist I have had the honor to cover a couple Ukraine elections including the ORANGE REVOLUTION!

A few things to remember!!..The ORANGE REVOLUTION was in every way a TEAM EFFORT and that ended when Yuschenko and Mrs., Tymoshenko gained office.
..Like it or not,most people in Ukraine worldwide resonated to Yuschenko,who after an assasinataion attempt survived and kept on marching and despite popular comment Mrs. Tymoshenko rode on his rather gracious acceptance in the highly-very highly emotional runoff.

..He lacked some emotional expression and toughness with people but he quietly showed it after almost being killed.!!

...Unfortunately.Tymoshenko, did not work closer with Yuschenko and was more concerned about her own image and Ukraine deals as were many Ukraine parliamentarians and this was a true dissgrace.!

WHY have the Ukraine people not questioned this assasination attempt more and most of us know where it came from!!

..Then there was the murder of a decent journalist Gangdaze and to this day although a confession has been obtained, who planned the murder and WHO gave the orders.
Yanukovich, perhaps not that bad a man for Ukraine,but he WILL be controlledd by the KREMLIN and Vladimir Putin, so he may as well be a cosmonaut in outer space and won't speak Ukranian.

..The UKRAINE ..MUST go forward and do business if it wants with Russia but not elect a leader who answers to Russia otherwiswe what were the years of effort and freedom fighting for, AND THOSE WHO DIED.

As an American journalist who lived nd worked in the Ukraine and based in KYIV for almost two years I covered two elections and terrorism in the Crimea and the assasination attempt and many other major elements.
..The Ukraine holds the key of destiny for Europe and the balance between East and WEST BUT AS A JOURNALIST I have many other journalist friends in KYIV such as Andriy Tsapliyenko, INTER TV news and at the KYIV POST...
..So if Yanukovich answers to Putin and the Kremlin what will happen to very good journalism in the Ukraine--a benchmark and other freedoms.
This time the entire world is weatching VERY CLOSELY and especially all of EUROPE....A correct vote in Ukraine is a vote for Europe also!!!..This vote will not be forgottenn.!

..It is time for the UKRAINE PEOPLE to rise and grab their emotions and REGAIN control of their country bercause a vote for Ynaukovich is a vote for RUSSIA and the UKRAINE is not Russia and
like driving a car, the Ukraine people may as well be driving in reverse gear.

After all these years it must go forward, and despite Mrs. Tymoshenkos drawbacks and her esteemed ego she is true Ukranian and Yanukovich is like another
opportunistic American politician as we have many here..The world order MUST be maintained and FREE JLOURNALISM and POWER TO THE PEOPOLE....But the Ukraine people must remember who won the ORANGE REVOLUTIOON....The people and their nationalistic passion and emotions and they were on the correct path.
..They must remember however, FREEDOM is not just about winning one battle but many and constanatly reaffirming their sovereign right..It IS their country and only they can take it back and fight if need be.
AMERICAN JOURNALIST WES RODGERS
patriotstv.com...I love Ukraine and Ukraine people..THANK YOU NICHOLAS.!@!
wesley rodgers said…
OK..Let us resolve ourselves to several key issues.!!
...The Ukraine voters do not have much of a choice as in the last election here in the U.S.
..As an AMERICAN journalist I have had the honor to cover a couple Ukraine elections including the ORANGE REVOLUTION!

A few things to remember!!..The ORANGE REVOLUTION was in every way a TEAM EFFORT and that ended when Yuschenko and Mrs., Tymoshenko gained office.
..Like it or not,most people in Ukraine worldwide resonated to Yuschenko,who after an assasinataion attempt survived and kept on marching and despite popular comment Mrs. Tymoshenko rode on his rather gracious acceptance in the highly-very highly emotional runoff.

..He lacked some emotional expression and toughness with people but he quietly showed it after almost being killed.!!

...Unfortunately.Tymoshenko, did not work closer with Yuschenko and was more concerned about her own image and Ukraine deals as were many Ukraine parliamentarians and this was a true dissgrace.!

WHY have the Ukraine people not questioned this assasination attempt more and most of us know where it came from!!

..Then there was the murder of a decent journalist Gangdaze and to this day although a confession has been obtained, who planned the murder and WHO gave the orders.
Yanukovich, perhaps not that bad a man for Ukraine,but he WILL be controlledd by the KREMLIN and Vladimir Putin, so he may as well be a cosmonaut in outer space and won't speak Ukranian.

..The UKRAINE ..MUST go forward and do business if it wants with Russia but not elect a leader who answers to Russia otherwiswe what were the years of effort and freedom fighting for, AND THOSE WHO DIED.

As an American journalist who lived nd worked in the Ukraine and based in KYIV for almost two years I covered two elections and terrorism in the Crimea and the assasination attempt and many other major elements.
..The Ukraine holds the key of destiny for Europe and the balance between East and WEST BUT AS A JOURNALIST I have many other journalist friends in KYIV such as Andriy Tsapliyenko, INTER TV news and at the KYIV POST...
..So if Yanukovich answers to Putin and the Kremlin what will happen to very good journalism in the Ukraine--a benchmark and other freedoms.
This time the entire world is weatching VERY CLOSELY and especially all of EUROPE....A correct vote in Ukraine is a vote for Europe also!!!..This vote will not be forgottenn.!

..It is time for the UKRAINE PEOPLE to rise and grab their emotions and REGAIN control of their country bercause a vote for Ynaukovich is a vote for RUSSIA and the UKRAINE is not Russia and
like driving a car, the Ukraine people may as well be driving in reverse gear.

After all these years it must go forward, and despite Mrs. Tymoshenkos drawbacks and her esteemed ego she is true Ukranian and Yanukovich is like another
opportunistic American politician as we have many here..The world order MUST be maintained and FREE JLOURNALISM and POWER TO THE PEOPOLE....But the Ukraine people must remember who won the ORANGE REVOLUTIOON....The people and their nationalistic passion and emotions and they were on the correct path.
..They must remember however, FREEDOM is not just about winning one battle but many and constanatly reaffirming their sovereign right..It IS their country and only they can take it back and fight if need be.
AMERICAN JOURNALIST WES RODGERS
patriotstv.com...I love Ukraine and Ukraine people..THANK YOU NICHOLAS.!@!