Ukraine Probes Threat to Tymoshenko

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine is investigating reports of an attempt to assassinate Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, the Ukrainian Security Service, or SBU, said Thursday.

"The SBU is checking this information and is taking the necessary measures," SBU spokeswoman Marina Ostapenko said. She said the information was received from law enforcement agencies of Western countries.

Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko

She gave no information about who was behind the attack, or when or where it was supposed to have taken place. Tymoshenko's office was not immediately available for comment.

Tymoshenko, once dubbed the "gas princess" for her role in the energy industry, was appointed prime minister in February and won overwhelming parliamentary support. In her six months as prime minister, Tymoshenko has spearheaded a government fight against corruption and smuggling.

Source: Moscow Times