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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ukrainian Court Ruling 'Not Valid'

KIEV -- Tensions in Ukraine's six-week political standoff flared Friday when the president's chief of staff dismissed any decision on the crisis by the Constitutional Court as "not valid."

Ukraine has been locked in political turmoil since President Viktor Yushchenko issued an order April 2 dissolving the parliament and calling early elections. Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and his parliamentary majority refused to observe the order.

The two leaders later agreed to abide by the court's decision on whether the order was constitutional. As the court was considering the issue, however, Yushchenko rescinded the order and issued a new one that calls for elections on a different date. The latest complication arose Thursday when the court's top judge resigned and the court replaced him with a Valery Pshenichny, a judge whom Yushchenko had fired this month.

"After yesterday's appointment of Pshenichny, any decision of this court will not be valid," said presidential chief of staff Viktor Baloha.