to the cheers of their followers Yulia Tymoshenko announced the start of a “new Era” in Ukraine. Because the former Prime Minister, announced her candidacy in the presidential election at the end of March. In a recent survey, the 58-Year-old is ahead of the incumbent head of state Petro Poroshenko, who has not announced his candidacy officially.

In your home it is highly controversial. Known, Tymoshenko was considered in the West celebrated figurehead of the so-called orange Revolution in 2004, on top of which she stood together with the future President, Viktor Yushchenko. This led to the cancellation of the election victory of her arch enemy Viktor Yanukovych in the presidential election. The new head of state, Yushchenko made in 2005 to the Prime Minister – but soon it came to a quarrel.

Tymoshenko left the government, but returned in 2007 as Prime Minister and remained until the year of 2010, in the office. Shortly thereafter, she was defeated in the presidential election of Yanukovych. Under its mandate, she was arrested and sentenced in 2011 for abuse of office in connection with a controversial gas business with Russia to seven years in prison.

In February 2014, she was treated in the Wake of the coup in the Ukraine released, and later because of a back complaint in Berlin. In the same year it was also in Germany criticism after extracts were published from a recorded phone call. Therein Tymoshenko had said, apparently with reference to the Russian head of state Vladimir Putin and the inclusion of the Ukrainian black sea Peninsula of Crimea in the Russian Federation, she was “ready to take a machine gun and shoot this son of a bitch put a bullet in the head”.

Before Tymoshenko was filed on Monday already, the actor Volodymyr Selensky his candidacy for the presidency.

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