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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Tymoshenko Looking for Boost During Upcoming Visit to U.S.

KIEV -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko hopes to get help in resolving a months-old crisis that threatens the liberal aims of the 2004 Orange Revolution when she visits the United States next week.

Tymoshenko was a key figure in the mass protests that brought President Viktor Yushchenko to office, but she was fired as prime minister after eight months and now leads the opposition.

Yushchenko, his powers cut under the constitution, named his rival Viktor Yanukovych as prime minister last year after his "orange" allies failed to form a government. The two have since been engaged in a constant power struggle.

Speaking Wednesday before her U.S. trip, Tymoshenko said the West no longer understood Ukraine since the liberals failed to press their pro-Western agenda of joining the European Union and NATO.

"We believe that after the Orange Revolution and the comeback of the old political teams, the world stopped understanding Ukraine. I am going to the United States to make Ukraine more understandable to the outside world," she said.

"This chaos has one name only: a constitutional crisis, when the president and the prime minister ... confront each other and their powers contradict each other. So Ukraine has ended up with two masters wielding executive power."

Tymoshenko, sporting her trademark peasant braid in Ukraine's parliament building, said talks could no longer help.

"There is only one way out of the constitutional crisis, the same used by all democratic countries when such a situation occurs, and that is an early parliamentary election," she said.