Weeks prior to Ukraine vote, Poroshenko comes under fire over smuggling claim

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Ukrainian presidential candidate Yulia Tymoshenko has called for the impeachment of President Petro Poroshenko, accusing him of treason after a media outlet aired a program alleging that people close to the incumbent enriched themselves by smuggling spare parts for military equipment from Russia. With the March 31 election less than five weeks away and polls indicating that she and Poroshenko are among the three front-runners, former prime minister Tymoshenko told a parliament session on February 26 that her Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party and others have launched an impeachment process. Volodymyr Zelenskyy, a comedian who some polls have put in the lead in the presidential race, sharply criticized Poroshenko in a social media post. The report on media outlet Bihus.Info’s program Nashi Hroshi (Our Money) threw an explosive new element into a campaign in which Poroshenko — the pro-Western tycoon who came to power after Moscow-friendly President Viktor Yanukovych was pushed out by…

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