Ukraine leader fires powerful oligarch Kolomoisky as regional chief

March 25, 2015 6:38 AM

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Ukraine leader fires powerful oligarch Kolomoisky as regional chief

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president fired powerful tycoon Ihor Kolomoisky as a regional governor on Wednesday in a risky move that could affect the internal balance of power and Kiev's fight against Moscow-backed separatists.

The 52-year-old Kolomoisky has been at the centre of a political storm since armed and masked men, apparently loyal to him, briefly entered the offices of the state-owned oil monopoly UkrTransNafta in the capital Kiev last Thursday night after its director, his ally, was summarily replaced.

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