Ukraine's Tymoshenko Says Twitter Mobilisation Stopped Police Raid

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukraine's ex-prime minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, on Friday said messages she sent on Twitter saved her office from a raid by police - a claim flatly denied by her opponents.

Yulia Tymoshenko

Followers of Tymoshenko's account received a message from the her early Friday alleging agents from Ukraine's national intelligence agency the SBU were attempting to break into her office and remove a computer server.

Parliamentarians from Tymoshenko's Motherland party, which opposes Ukraine's ruling pro-Russia coalition, left parliament's morning session to protest the alleged assault.

However, officials at the SBU and Ukraine's Ministry of Internal Affairs said their officers never approached Tymoshenko's offices, which are located in a densely-populated Kiev central district.

'The party (Motherland) is faking a scandal,' said Oleksander Efimov, leader of the pro-Russia Regions of Ukraine party. 'An attack like that is impossible.'

Tymoshenko in a follow-up Tweet said 'The information war worked. We called and they ran away. The first attack has been beaten off.'

A leader of Ukraine's 2004 pro-democracy Orange Revolution, Tymoshenko has since been accused of misdirecting some 400 million dollars in state funds, and of using tax money to purchase government vehicles for use in an election campaign, while she served as prime minister from 2005 - 2009.

Prosecutors have questioned her almost daily about the allegations since late December.

Tymoshenko has denied the charges and alleged Ukraine's government headed by President Viktor Yanukovych is engaged in a campaign to repress the opposition, and that interrogations sometimes lasting eight hours a session a state tactic to prevent her from participating in parliament work.

Source: DPA