Ukraine: Police official sentenced to life

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- A Ukrainian court has sentenced a top police official to life in prison for the slaying of journalist Georgy Gongadze in September of 2000.

Ukraine Parliament eyes slow vote count

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian Parliament Tuesday set up an ad hoc commission to investigate the slow ballot count from elections 10 days ago, officials said.

Demonstrators allege fraud in Ukraine vote

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Hundreds protested outside Ukraine's election commission Monday against alleged voting irregularities in last week's parliamentary election, observers say.

'Balance' seen ahead of Ukrainian vote

KIEV, Ukraine, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- The chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament said Friday issues raised by U.S. and European leaders on upcoming elections were balanced.

Ukraine makes Russian language official

KIEV, Ukraine, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- Ukraine's president Wednesday signed into law a measure bestowing official status on the Russian language in about half of the country's regions.

Language bill sparks protests in Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, July 4 (UPI) -- Police used tear gas after fighting broke out in Kiev during a demonstration Wednesday against a bill raising the status of the Russian language in Ukraine.
Kiev surveys damage in wake of gas dust up

Kiev surveys damage in wake of gas dust up

KIEV, Ukraine, May 10 (UPI) -- Damage to the Verkhovna Rada building housing the Ukrainian parliament during an April 27 dust-up exceeds $1 million, the Ukrainian government said.

Ukraine police minister offers resignation

KIEV, Ukraine, May 12 (UPI) -- Ukraine's interior minister has submitted his resignation following an airport row with police in Germany, a parliamentary official said.

Gazprom to meet EU gas needs

MOSCOW, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- The board of directors at Russian energy giant Gazprom Monday said they would meet European gas demands despite a row with transit country Ukraine.

20 years after Chernobyl solemnly marked

MOSCOW, April 26 (UPI) -- Solemn commemorative events were held in Ukraine and Russia Wednesday to mark the 20th anniversary of the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

Chernobyl suggested as tourist destination

KIEV, Ukraine, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The speaker of Ukraine's parliament has recommended turning the area around the Chernobyl nuclear power plant into a tourist destination. Volodymyr Lytvyn said, "I think we must do everything to derive some practical good out of this tragedy, including by

Orange Revolution leaders losing trust

KIEV, Ukraine, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- A new poll say Ukrainians are losing faith in the leaders of the so-called Orange Revolution.

Regional splits less in Ukraine

SEVERODONETSK, Ukraine, May 6 (UPI) -- Regional tensions are a lot less in eastern Ukraine than previously reported, a leading national politician said Friday.

Saakashvili plans new visit to Ukraine

KIEV, Ukraine, March 23 (UPI) -- Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili will pay a state visit to Ukraine this week to discuss energy and transportation projects.

Ukraine may get new govt next month

KIEV, Ukraine, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Ukraine's new government should be formed by next month, the head of the nation's parliament predicted Monday.
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Volodymyr Lytvyn
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko (L) and Parliamentary speaker Volodymyr Lytvyn attend a meeting of the National Defence and Security Council in Kiev January 18, 2006. The meeting was devoted to the effects of political turmoil on social policy a week after parliament dismissed the government. (UPI Photo/Sergey Starostenko)

Volodymyr Mykhailovych Lytvyn (Ukrainian: Володимир Михайлович Литвин) (born April 28, 1956) is a Ukrainian politician and the current Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, the Ukrainian parliament. Having previously served in that position from 2002 until 2006, he was re-elected in December 2008 after his party agreed to join the former coalition of Yulia Tymoshenko in an expanded capacity. From 1994 to 1999, Lytvyn was the aide to President Leonid Kuchma and, later, the head of his office.

Lytvyn was born in Sloboda-Romanivska village in the Novohrad-Volynskyi District of the Zhytomyr Oblast. His father, Mykhaylo Klymovych (born 1930) and mother Olga Andriyivna (born 1929) were peasants. Lytvyn graduated from the Kiev University (Faculty of History) in 1978. He is married to Tetyana Kostyantynivna (born 1960), an economist. Their daughter Olena (born 1982) is a student, so does their son Ivan (born 1989)

Mr Lytvyn started his career as a political analyst within the Central Committee of the Ukrainian SSR's Communist Party (a division of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union).

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