KIEV, July 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Ukraine's Security Service (SBU) said late
Thursday it was checking reports from several Ukrainian embassies about an
alleged attempt to murder Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
"The SBU is checking these reports and necessary measures are being taken," SBU
spokeswoman Marina Ostapenko said in a statement without elaborating.
Kiev's private NTN TV cited Ukrainian diplomatic sources in Sweden as
saying that "criminals and business circles" were plotting to kill Tymoshenko.
Mobsters allied with Ukrainian oligarchs whose interests are threatened by
Tymoshenko's vigorous anti-corruption campaign were the suspected potential
assailants, according to the NTN.
Tymoshenko, ally of President Viktor Yushchenko, was appointed prime
minister in early February and won overwhelming parliamentary support.
During her six-month term as premier, Tymoshenko has spearheaded a
government fight against corruption and smuggling. She has also initiated a
review of privatization deals made in "dubious circumstances" under the previous
The investigation came only days after President Yushchenkou cancelled a
trip to Georgia because of worries of a possible terrorist attack against him
there, according to local media reports. Enditem