February 22, 2007 (RFE/RL) -- Ukraine's parliament has rejected President Viktor Yushchenko's choices for foreign minister and security chief, RFE/RL's Ukraine Service reported.
Volodymyr Ohryzko -- a career diplomat and candidate for foreign minister -- had pledged to move Ukraine closer to the West.
Ohryzko received 196 of the 226 votes needed for confirmation.
Communists, Socialists and the Party of the Regions didn't cast a single vote for Ogryzko - which, I guess, characterizes him better than anything else would.
(And it's not about Ukrainian vs Russian, or West vs East. It's about thugs vs the intelligentsia, a dichotomy that exists everywhere, in varying proportions.)