Doctors who tested Viktor Yushchenko have now confirmed that he was indeed poisoned and that they will be able to determine what the poison was by as early as Wednesday.
Ukraines's opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko was poisoned in an attempt to kill him during election campaigning in September, a British daily reported today, quoting the doctor who oversaw his treatment.
Doctors at Viennas Rudolfinerhaus clinic are within days of identifying the substance that left Mr Yushchenko's face disfigured with cysts and lesions, Doctor Nikolai Korpan was quoted as saying in The Times.
Specialists in Britain, the United States and France had helped to establish that it was a biological agent, a chemical agent or, most likely, a rare poison that struck him down in the run-up to the presidential election, he said.
Doctors needed to examine Mr Yushchenko again at the clinic in Vienna to confirm their diagnosis but were in no doubt that the substance was administered deliberately, he was quoted as saying.
"This is no longer a question for discussion," Doctor Korpan said.
"We are now sure that we can confirm which substance caused this illness. He received this substance from other people who had a specific aim."
Asked if the aim had been to kill him, Dr Korpan said: "Yes, of course."
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What the hell is wrong with you. Answer this, what the hell happened to his face? Aint nothing doing that to his face other than poison or a knife. Somebody had a 100% particapation in this crime of poisoning and that somebody needs to be dealt with....
Posted by: Mike on December 12, 2004 12:11 AM
Anybody want some soup? How, about dinner with a former KGB operative. Sounds like a nice time. Come on guys, seriously.
Posted by: NaterD on December 14, 2004 05:35 AM
I feel so bad for Viktor Yushchenko and I hope his face gets better. you rock mr and feel better
Feel better MR. Viktor Yushchenko
Posted by: danielle on December 14, 2004 11:55 AM