Ukraine's Iron Lady

VIKTOR DRACHEV/AFP

TEAM ORANGE: Tymoshenko, speaking at Yushchenko's campaign headquarters in December

Shortly before Viktor Yushchenko announced that Yuliya Tymoshenko was his choice for Prime Minister, Ukraine's President met with his controversial political ally and gave her a simple message. Tymoshenko would have to work hard to overcome the dislike and mistrust many Ukrainians, especially in the Russian-speaking east, feel for her; she'd have to win over opposing factions in parliament; and she'd have to do it on her own. "Viktor told her she must address people's concerns, starting with parliament," says Oleg Rybachuk, a Yushchenko confidant and M.P. for his Our Ukraine party who will soon become Deputy Prime Minister for European...

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