Ukraine’s government appears headed for the rocks again following the foreign minister’s sacking by parliament.
Volodymyr Ohryzko’s dismissal comes just three weeks after the finance minister quit following a row with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko over economic policy. As a close ally of President Viktor Yushchenko, Ohryzko’s sacking risks creating another split between the president and prime minister which could destroy the fragile coalition government. Ohryzko is one of two ministers appointed by Yushchenko. Parliamentarians accused Ohryzko of bungling a territorial dispute with Romania over Snake Island, or Serpents Island as it is also known. The legal battle between Bucharest and Kiev has intensified in the last few years, fuelled by energy demands as both countries have sought to lessen their dependence on Russia. Last month, the International Court of Justice drew a new Black Sea border, ceding considerable oil and gas drilling rights to Bucharest.