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#Tymoshenko

# tymoshenko - Thursday 27 March, 2014

Tymoshenko to run for president of Ukraine

The 53 year old made the announcement today.

# tymoshenko - Sunday 24 November, 2013

Tens of thousands protest in Kiev over EU agreement delay

Organisers say 100,000 turned out, though police say attendance was closer to 20,000. It was the biggest such rally since the 2004 ‘Orange Revolution’.

# tymoshenko - Sunday 7 April, 2013

EU hails Ukraine pardon for Tymoshenko ally

“Fair and independent justice is needed in Ukraine, and the release of Mr Lutsenko is a step in the right direction,” the president of the European Parliament said today.

# tymoshenko - Monday 27 August, 2012

Ukraine high court to rule on jailed Tymoshenko

The decision is scheduled one day after the former Prime Minister’s case is to be heard at the European Court of Human Rights.

# tymoshenko - Monday 30 April, 2012

From The42 EU chief Barroso to boycott Euro 2012 tournament Snub

EU chief Barroso to boycott Euro 2012 tournament

The Commission President has pointed to Ukraine’s human rights record as the reason behind his decision.

# tymoshenko - Tuesday 11 October, 2011

UKRAINE’S FORMER Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been sentenced to seven years in prison after being convicted today of abuse of power in signing a gas import contact with Russia in 2009.

The court ruled that she had acted beyond her office in signing the contract and had agreed too high a price.

Sentencing Tymoshenko today, the judge said she would be banned from occupying a government job for three years after her jail term. He also fined her €140 million in damages to the state.

Interupting the lengthy ruling, Tymoshenko stood up in court and compared her verdict with the purges carried out by Stalin:

The year 1937 has returned to Ukraine with this verdict and all the repression of citizens. As for me, be sure that I will not stop my fight even for a minute. I will always be with you as long as it is necessary.

The former leader has accused her long-time rival President Viktor Yanukovych of orchestrating the charges to prevent her from running for office. Tymoshenko was behind the Orange Revolution which in 2004 forced Yanukovych from power. Staging a successful comeback, he beat Tymoshenko in a close-run presidential election last year.

The EU’s High Representative Catherine Ashton said in a statement today that the “EU is deeply disappointed with the verdict” handed down to Tymoshenko and said that the EU will “reflect on its policies towards Ukraine”:

The way the Ukrainian authorities will generally respect universal values and rule of law, and specifically how they will handle these cases, risks having profound implications for the EU-Ukraine bilateral relationship, including for the conclusion of the Association Agreement, our political dialogue and our co-operation more broadly.

Ashton added that the EU hopes Ukrainian authorities will “ensure a fair, transparent and impartial process” in any appeal involving Tymoshenko or cases involving former members of the government.

The Kyiv Post reports that Ukraine’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Kostyantyn Gryshchenko responded to the EU statement, saying that Tymoshenko’s case should have no negative impact on EU’s relations with Ukraine and that Ukraine’s “executive branch does not and will not interfere in this [legal] process. The case is in the hands of Ukraine’s judiciary.”

The minister added that Ukrainian officials are “ready to continue dialogue with our partners on all issues of mutual interest”.

- Additional reporting by the AP

# tymoshenko - Friday 24 June, 2011

Concerns over motivation behind trial of former Ukrainian PM

Opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko is on trial for alleged abuse of power over a gas deal with Russia.