The Fall and Troubled Rise of a Ukrainian Populist

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The country’s former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is running to be president, but Ukraine’s allies worry she may endanger the country’s only plan for peace.

  • Ian Bateson
  • The Atlantic

SLOVIANSK, Ukraine—Yulia Tymoshenko is nothing if not a crowd-pleaser.

Running to be Ukraine’s next president, she has promised to triple pension payouts and halve heating-fuel charges; pushed to impeach the incumbent president, Petro Poroshenko, weeks before the presidential election; and said that immediately after being elected, she will close the country’s airports to stop corrupt officials from fleeing.

In many ways, these policies signify the…

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