Tymoshenko Mocks Yushchenko

KIEV Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Thursday mocked Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko's nearly fatal 2004 dioxin poisoning, saying Yushchenko's main problem was being poisoned by unlimited power.

Tymoshenko is locked in a bitter feud with Yushchenko that has now ruined their coalition and put the county on the brink of its third parliamentary elections in as many years.

She spoke before she was questioned again in a probe into the dioxin poisoning four years ago. There was no evidence of her involvement made public, and many see her questioning as part of the political infighting.

"The main poisoning is the poisoning with unlimited power, a serious intoxication in the presidential secretariat," Tymoshenko told reporters.

The pro-Western coalition of Tymoshenko's and Yushchenko's parties fell apart this week because of the two leaders' rivalry ahead of the 2010 presidential vote and disagreement over how to deal with Russia following its war with Georgia last month.