In the closing days of 2016, ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko vowed to be a political force to reckon with in 2017. The member of parliament and head of the 19-member Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) Party faction held a YouTube conference on Dec. 23.
While she answered some questions, even from critics, the event was mainly her monologue on the issues of today.
So far, performances like these have been enough – along with dissatisfaction with President Petro Poroshenko – to keep the 57-year-old polling as one of the most popular politicians. Her staying power – through scandals over how she became wealthy, two terms as prime minister and a politically motivated jailing by ex-President Viktor Yanukovych – ranks her as one of the most durable politicians in independent Ukraine’s 26-year history.