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Editorial: Ukraine's election a defeat for the EU - Politiken.dk

In Sunday's presidential election, Ukraine changed colours from orange, to the blue colour of its victor - or as a disappointed supporter of Premier Yulia Timoshenko put it - `Instead of a sweet orange, we got a bitter lemon'.

For many, this was a bitter choice between two evils.

On the one hand Viktor Yanukovich, who in collusion with Moscow attempted to wrest the presidency through electoral cheating in 2004. On the other, Yulia Timoshenko, the heroine of the Orange Revolution, which curbed Yanukovich at the time.

Since then, she has been disappointing in the expectations raised during the happy days of the revolution. Instead of honouring all the promises, she and outgoing President Viktor Yushchenko have been embroiled in a laborious power battle. And as head of government, she has by no means displayed what is necessary to relieve Ukraine's position as the European country hardest hit by the economic crisis.

Moscow beat the EU
One could ask if the Orange Revolution is now dead. The answer is a resounding `No'.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 01:19:09 PM EST
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Al Jazeera English - Europe - Ukraine PM to challenge poll result

Yulia Tymoshenko, Ukraine's defeated presidential candidate, has declared that she will challenge the election which saw her opponent, Viktor Yanukovych, win the presidential run-off.

Tymoshenko said on Saturday that she will fight the result of last week's vote in Ukrainian courts, calling Yanukovych's win illegitimate.

"I want to clearly state: Yanukovych is not our president. Whatever happens in future, he will never become the legitimately elected president of Ukraine," she said in a televised broadcast.

She also called on the Ukrainian people to support her legal battle to overturn the election result.

But she said she would not call on her supporters to take to the streets in protest.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sat Feb 13th, 2010 at 03:24:07 PM EST
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