Dubyna Hospitalized After Emergency Heart Surgery

KIEV, Ukraine -- Oleh Dubyna, chairman of Ukraine’s state gas company, Naftogaz, was hospitalized and underwent emergency heart surgery, Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko said appearing on TRK Ukraina television channel late on Jan. 23.

Naftogaz head, Oleh Dubyna.

“The head of Naftogaz is in intensive care; he had a very difficult operation on his heart,” she said adding that stress during the gas crisis likely built up upon Dubyna.

Tymoshenko said that Dubyna was under a lot of stress during the gas dispute because Ukraine's president, Victor Yushchenko, gave him "diametrically" different instructions from her government.

"It was very difficult for him," she adding that the president and lawmakers in the Regions party close to middlemen company Rosukrenergo purposefully tried to sabotage her chances of finalizing an agreement before the New Year.

Interfax-Ukraine reported that Dubyna was in stable condition at Kyiv's Feofania hospital, were the country's elite are traditionally treated.

Source: Kyiv Post