Tymoshenko to Run for President in May Election

Maidan Square file photo

(Moscow Times – themoscowtimes.com – March 27, 2014) Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has announced that she intends to run in the country’s presidential election on May 25.

Tymoshenko, 53, said last Friday that she was back “in every sense of the word” after receiving treatment in Germany for back injuries supposedly sustained while serving time in a Kharkiv prison.

She was jailed in 2011 for abuse of office over a gas deal with Russia, but was released following former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s removal in February.

Tymoshenko, who lost out to Yanukovych in the 2010 presidential elections, said she will stand as a candidate for the Fatherland Party.

“I will do everything to ensure that our second European revolution does not lead to distrust, depression and disappointment,” she said, The Associated Press reported Thursday. “I will everyday work to earn the trust that is afforded to me by the people.”

Other hopefuls include UDAR leader and former boxing world champion Vitali Klitschko and Petro Poroshenko, billionaire owner of Roshen chocolate company.