The Ukrainian parliament ousted the government of Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in a no-confidence vote on Wednesday, dealing a final blow to the leadership of the pro-Western Orange Revolution and leaving her to lead the opposition in parliament.
The vote followed weeks of shifting alliances in the parliament after the pro-Western Tymoshenko lost her bid for the presidency to Kremlin-friendly Viktor Yanukovych.
Yanukovych has moved quickly to consolidate power, and secured a major victory as the no-confidence resolution passed with 243 votes in the 450-seat chamber, The Associated Press reports.
Tymoshenko lost the February 7 presidential runoff vote, securing 3.5% less than her bitter rival Yanukovych, who was sworn in as president on February 25.
Tymoshenko, a flamboyant and colorful politician, was born in Dnepropetrovsk in eastern Ukraine in 1960, and became a fearless, but not pragmatic political fighter.
Tymoshenko was a businesswoman in the 1980s, engaged in video clubs in the dying years of the Soviet Union.
In the early 1990s, she became the head of a gasoline company and in 1995 president of Ukraine's Unified Energy System corporation, a key importer of Russian natural gas to Ukraine in 1996, and was immediately dubbed "a gas princess," RIA Novosti informs.
Following the summit in Riga on November 30, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg explained how the alliance could respond to Russia's 'new aggression against Ukraine.'