After Russia started the war in Ukraine, people began to remember their first and former female Prime Minister Yulia Tomosenkova.
Yulia Tomoshenkova has twice served as Ukraine’s prime minister, during which she spoke out against Russia. Yulia favored better relations with the West and wanted Ukraine to join NATO.
In the midst of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a Ukrainian leader is remembered, whom Russian President Vladimir Putin feared, Yulia served as Ukraine’s prime minister for a few months in 2005 and again from 2007 to 2010. During her tenure, Yulia sought to establish good relations with the West, and during her time, Russia was always two steps behind. He has repeatedly challenged Russia not to give Russia an inch of its territory without a fight.
Yulia was known in Ukraine as the Gas Queen because of her involvement in the gas business. She was one of the most successful businesswomen in Ukraine.
It may be recalled that Yulia contested the presidential election in 2010 in which she was defeated. Yulia was jailed by President Victor for corruption in a gas deal with Russia while he was prime minister, and was jailed from 2011 to 2014.
In 2005, Yulia was ranked third on Forbes Magazine’s list of the most powerful women in the world. Yulia was the first female prime minister not only in Ukraine but also in the former Soviet Union.