Member of Parliament
Tymoshenko in March 2011
|10th and 13th Prime Minister of Ukraine|
18 December 2007 â€“ 4 March 2010
|Cabinet||Second Tymoshenko Government|
|Preceded by||Viktor Yanukovych|
|Succeeded by||Mykola Azarov|
24 January 2005 â€“ 8 September 2005
Acting 24 January 2005 â€“ 4 February 2005
|Cabinet||First Tymoshenko Government|
|Preceded by||Mykola Azarov|
|Succeeded by||Yuriy Yekhanurov|
|Minister of Fuel and Energy|
30 December 1999 â€“ 19 January 2001
|Prime Minister||Viktor Yushchenko|
|Preceded by||Aleksey Sheberstov (Energy)|
|Succeeded by||Viktor Yushchenko|
|Born||(1960-11-27) 27 November 1960
Dnipropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|Political party||Hromada (1997â€“1999)
|Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc (2001â€“2012)
Dictatorship Resistance Committee (2011â€“2014)
|Alma mater||National Mining University of Ukraine
Dnipropetrovsk National University
Kyiv National Economic University
|Website||www2.tymoshenko.ua/en/ ba.org.ua www.facebook.com/Tymoshenko.UA/|
The post-Soviet mafia wove a spider’s web of dirty money around the world. Where better to attack it than to start with the Ukrainian criminal heavyweights – the ‘family’ and its closest circle?
I will get to the truth, if not in Ukrainian courts, then in international ones. I will fight to my last breath. They want to put me in prison but that won’t help. My voice will be heard even louder from prison than now, and the whole world will hear me.
Yanukovych has changed everything in Ukrainian jails – real criminals have been released, while representatives of the middle class and politically rebellious free-minded people have filled the prisons.
Ukraine is a vital link for Europe: our energy transportation networks; our location between the European Union and Eurasia. We’re the melting pot of Catholicism and Orthodox Christianity. The democracy we founded with the Orange Revolution has to be an example for other post-Soviet states.
I know the Russian political elite has got used to the Ukraine suffering from an inferiority complex, but I want this to disappear from our relationship.
We will fight and defend my good name in the European court. We have to be strong and defend Ukraine from this authoritarianism.
Whenever you see a successful woman, look out for three men who are going out of their way to try to block her.
I just heard the latest joke about my hair: ‘Do you know what that is on her head? It’s a steering wheel to drive the state.’
I never complain. I chose the road of fighting with the Ukrainian oligarchy in 1996, and have paid for this with my freedom and that of my husband, my father and my close friends.
My goal in politics from the very beginning has been, and will be, the goal of giving Ukraine a chance to finally secure a firm footing in the world as a competitive, independent and real European state.
Everything that I have is natural – braid, nails – I practically never use cosmetics. They often ask me in the provinces about my braid.
The old bastions of the post-communist regime collapsed before my very eyes. The monsters who had kept Ukraine in a criminal state left the stage.
I think everyone remembers how certain Russian bureaucrats used to work against the Ukrainian opposition; I think it is hard to drop old habits.
I ask you, people who care about the soul of Ukraine, those who want to preserve the heart, the spirit and the faith of our country for future generations, to please defend it.