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Putin Congratulates Yushchenko On Ending Stalemate

Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (left) and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin (file photo) (ITAR-TASS) August 7, 2006 -- Russian President Vladimir Putin today congratulated his Ukrainian counterpart, Viktor Yushchenko, for ending the political stalemate in Ukraine by naming a pro-Russian prime minister.

Ukraine's parliament on August 4 confirmed Viktor Yanukovych, leader of the pro-Moscow Party of Regions and a rival of Yushchenko, to head the cabinet.

Yushchenko, a pro-Western politician, was the leader of the Orange Revolution in 2004.


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Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych addresses Ukraine's Verkhovna Rada on August 6, 2006 (TASS)

UP FROM THE ASHES. On August 4, 2006, the Ukrainian legislature ended four months of political standoff by confirming Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister. Yanukovych's pro-Russian Party of Regions won the largest block of seats in the country's inconclusive March legislative elections. His confirmation capped a remarkable political comeback for Yanukovych after his defeat by Viktor Yushchenko in Ukraine's Orange Revolution....(more)


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