KIEV, March 27 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian politician Yulia Tymoshenko announced Thursday that she will run for president in the May 25 election.
"I plan to run for president," Tymoshenko told a press conference.
She said that she will ask her allies from the "Fatherland" party to approve her candidacy for the presidential race.
Tymoshenko was convicted in October 2011 of abuse of power in a gas deal with Russia in 2009 when she was prime minister.
She was released last month under a fast-track procedure, approved by the parliament, which did not require the president's endorsement.
On Feb. 22, President Viktor Yanukovych, Tymoshenko's archrival, was ousted and an early presidential election was announced for May 25. Seven candidates have registered for the race.
IMF mission OKs loan for Ukraine
KIEV, March 27 (Xinhua) -- The International Monetary Fund (IMF) mission in Ukraine on Thursday agreed on a loan between 14 billion and 18 billion U.S. dollars to the Ukrainian government.
"The mission has reached a staff-level agreement with the authorities of Ukraine on an economic reform program that can be supported by a two-year stand-by arrangement with the IMF," Nikolay Gueorguiev, the IMF mission chief for Ukraine said in a statement. Full story
China reiterates call for calm over Ukraine
BEIJING, March 27 (Xinhua) -- China here on Thursday reiterated its call for calm and restraint over tensions in Ukraine.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the appeal at a daily press briefing, saying China hopes all parties involved can seek political means to solve the crisis through talks. Full story
Russia accuses Ukraine of violating flight safety agreement
MOSCOW, March 26 (Xinhua) -- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities Wednesday of violating a bilateral agreement on air transportation and putting air travelers at risk.
According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, the Ukrainian border service has banned the crews of Russian commercial planes leaving their aircraft after landing on Ukrainian territory. Full story
Kiev condemns Russian forces attacks on Ukraine's military units
KIEV, March 25 (Xinhua) -- The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry Tuesday strongly condemned the attacks by the Russian troops on Ukraine's military units in Crimea. Full story
Russia sees Ukraine in state of anarchy
MOSCOW, March 24 (Xinhua) -- Moscow sees the current situation in Ukraine as anarchy which has nothing to do with a state ruled by law, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Full story
Ukraine to withdraw troops from Crimea: acting president
KIEV, March 24 (Xinhua) -- The National Defence and Security Council has ordered the Defence Ministry to pull Ukrainian military forces out of Crimea, acting president Alexandr Turchynov announced here Monday. Full story