AP - Ukraine's president showed no mercy Friday for imprisoned former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, despite increasing fears that her case will hurt his country's struggling economy and its relations with the European Union.
A week ago Europe was furious, and Putin once again glorious, after Europe's "bread basket", the Ukraine, under president Yanukovich decided to terminate its pro-European stance, and instead in a very symbolic shift, chose Moscow as its future trading partner hub. "This is a disappointment not just for the EU but, we believe, for the people of Ukraine," EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said in a statement.
Ukraine's ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko on Friday went on trial for alleged abuse of power, in a case she has dismissed as revenge by President Viktor Yanukovych.Tymoshenko, wearing a cream-colored suit and holding a pink rose, entered the courtroom to the cries of "Yulia, Yulia" and applause from her supporters."This is a farce and circus and not a court hearing," Tymoshenko, known for her penchant for theatrics, told the judge.
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's political opposition said on Saturday it would call a general strike to force the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovich's government after police used batons and stun grenades to break up pro-Europeprotests. Some 10,000 protesters regrouped in Kiev, flooding a square outside a church. They waved the blue and gold EU flag and chanted 'Revolution' and 'Down with the gang'.
Yesterday, Ukraine was faced with a historic choice: "go West" by signing a new trade pact with the European Union and align against its former master the USSR... or "East", and go back, at least symbolically, to mother Russia. To Europe's shocked amazement, the Ukraine picked "East" in yet another very visible win for Vladimir Putin in what has just been the former KGB spy's year. Sure enough, Putin spokesman's welcomed "the desire to improve and develop trade and economic cooperation" with a "close partner".
Ukraine will take a first major step away from dependency on Russian gas supplies on Thursday when it seals a $10 billion shale gas deal with Royal Dutch Shell.
Due to be signed at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the production sharing agreement will mark the biggest contract yet to tap shale gas in Europe and the largest single foreign investment in the former Soviet republic.
Ukraine's parliament on Wednesday passed a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, forcing her and the cabinet to resign.A majority of 243 deputies voted for the no-confidence motion brought by the Regions Party, led by Ukraine's new President Viktor Yanukovych, who defeated Tymoshenko in presidential elections last month.At least 226 out of the 450 deputies in the Verkhovna Rada needed to back the no-confidence motion for it to pass.
Ukraine's new President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday won the chance to form his own government after the parliamentary majority of his rival Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko collapsed.Tymoshenko, narrowly beaten by Yanukovych in a run-off presidential election last month, had until now been able to claim a majority over Yanukovych's Regions Party and stubbornly held onto her post as prime minister.But her majority has now crumbled after a number of lawmakers from minority parties switched their allegiance following her defeat in the February 7 polls.