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Ukraine 're-arrests' Tymoshenko, EU sends envoy (updated)

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Ukrainian authorities have formally re-arrested opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko on a new criminal charge, her lawyer said on Friday, even as the European Union prepared to send an envoy to Kyiv to try to save a summit later this month. The 27-nation bloc is leading Western efforts to secure the release of Tymoshenko, a former prime minister, who was jailed in October for seven years for abuse-of-office, in a case which the EU says was politically motivated.

But President Viktor Yanukovich, whose government hopes to set course on a new strategic relationship with the bloc at the Dec. 19 summit, has refused all overtures from the EU and the United States to relent and free her.

In Brussels, a spokeswoman said EU commissioner Stefan Fuele, the bloc's point man on Ukraine, would visit Kiev on Dec. 12. "The visit will take place in the context of the preparations for the EU-Ukraine Summit," she said.

Ukrainian media expected Fuele to meet Yanukovich and newspapers billed the visit as a last chance to save the summit at which agreements on political association and the creation of a free trade zone are due be initialled.

Tymoshenko's lawyer, Sergiy Vlasenko, said the legal move to 're-arrest" her on a second charge showed that the authorities intended to keep her behind bars indefinitely.

"According to this order, Yulia Tymoshenko is to be detained for ever, for life," he told journalists.

At the very least, re-arresting her means she will stay in jail on the new charge even if her conviction for abuse of office is overturned next week on appeal.

Vlasenko said the new arrest order was formally made in her cell in a Kiev police detention centre late on Thursday after a court hearing at her bedside.

Her family and supporters say the 51-year-old, who has been in police detention since mid-August, is suffering from back problems.

The second charge against Tymoshenko relates to alleged tax evasion and theft of government funds between 1996 and 2000 when she led the gas intermediary, Unified Energy Systems.

The abuse-of-office charge, for which she was sentenced in October, relates to brokering a gas deal with Russia in 2009 when she was prime minister.

A leading light in the "Orange Revolution" protests in 2004 which overturned the old political order in the ex-Soviet republic, Tymoshenko says she is the victim of a vendetta by Yanukovich who narrowly beat her for the presidency in February 2010.

EU diplomats say that if the agreements are not initialled at the summit a joint statement simply acknowledging that talks have been formally concluded may be issued -- but this will represent a diplomatic failure.
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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 12:53 a.m.    

So now you see the People's Court of Third Reich Germany under a new dictator taking place in Ukraine, where the rule of law is dead.

Any country, with the exception of Israel which has no credibility except with their lap-dog United States, that now recognizes this show country is just as bad as the show country. The EU should have declared that Ukraine is now an outlaw Nation, and as such is undeserving of all notions that would allow this rogue Nation to take a place among the civilized Nations of the world.

Now Yulia will die in prison, just as the thugs had intended.

The remainder of the world looks on and allows this to happen, and will afterward send their sympathy to her daughter and husband and return to business as usual.

Europe is on the verge of imploding as a United States exported Depression is finally taking a toll on all of Europe. Anarachy is next. The people of Spain and Italy are on the verge of revolt.

Ukraine is now the template for the great upheaval to come.

The Balkans are smoldering.

How long now before another war comes to Europe?

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 7:21 p.m.    

&quot;The remainder of the world looks on and allows this to happen.....&quot;

1) Most nations with a voice have voiced their opposition to Yulia's detention. Ukrainian officials have ignored them.

2) What would you like other nations to do? Invade Ukraine?

Closer to the truth: The Ukrainian population looks on and allows this to happen.

Or are there tens of thousands of Ukrainians taking to the streets, blocking Kreshatik, demanding her release?

On the European issue - United States exported depression? You mean the U.S. is responsible for all the over-borrowing by Spain, Italy, Portugal, Greece, and Ireland?

From what I can find - US banks leant very little to these countries - it was mostly French, German, and British banks.....

Try informing yourself of the facts before offering misguided rhetoric.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 11:23 a.m.    

Would be rally nice if NATO troops came in and offered a &quot;No Fly Zone&quot; so the King's helicopter could not fly him to his Mansion.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 3:40 p.m.    

yaaaaaaawn

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 6:57 p.m.    

The yawning idiot is back from his drunken sleep.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 3:48 p.m.    

This detention serves no purpose. Even Nixon was pardoned.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 8:10 p.m.    

Yulia is considered a threat to this illegal and corrupt govt.

Yanu (like Yush and Yats before) hates her and will do whatever he can to keep her in prison until she dies.

If the West were honestly paying attention and wanted to prevent Ukraine from becoming another Belarus, it would do something, but all it does is talk.

First goes the leaders of the opposition to the gulag and as people watch and do nothing...more will go to the gulag for opposing this govt.

Standing aside and watching will not help.

Action is required.

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Anonymous Dec. 11, 2011, 7:48 p.m.    

You are wrong they don't hate her she is a beaten woman rejected by the public.The west is paying attention and they acknowledge Ukraine falls within the Russian sphere of influence.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 9:01 p.m.    

Forget envoys; send whips and chains! That old whore will be in the dungeon for years to come. She might as well have a good time while she's there. She'll come out looking like a dirty minx and steal the hearts of men across The Ukraine once again.

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Anonymous Dec. 10, 2011, 11:51 p.m.    

You only show what a ignorant fool you are with such disgusting comments.

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Anonymous Dec. 11, 2011, 12:15 a.m.    

The Ukrainian population is politically apathetic for most part.

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Anonymous Dec. 11, 2011, 1:39 a.m.    

Ukrainians live in fear. They are terrorized into submission. Yanukovych = Hussein.

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Anonymous Dec. 12, 2011, 2:56 a.m.    

According to statements made by prime minister Azarov - Terrorize them into compliance - Rule by fear.

The biggest challenge for Ukrainian civil society is not to become marginalized, as happened in Belarus. This is not easy, given that it has become clear in Yanukovych’s first year that the main driving force behind the power of the authorities is fear.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/99476/#ixzz1GIa5fmJb

That was made clear by Prime Minister Mykola Azarov at a conference in Yalta last year when he said, “Fear is one of the main human instincts, and it has to be made to work.”

Every action taken by the authorities — the arrests and interrogations of opposition leaders, the constant visits by the tax police to private firms — has one goal, to spread fear.

And not only in the opposition, but in the ranks of the ruling party as well. It is no secret that senior officials in the party have differing views, but they keep them to themselves.

Read more: http://www.kyivpost.com/news/opinion/op_ed/detail/99476/#ixzz1GZuD5MBi

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Anonymous Dec. 11, 2011, 6:24 p.m.    

I would normally say something like... unbelievable, or you've got to be kidding me, or no way man... but nothing this government allows or the courts &amp; judicial system does is a surprise anymore. Just when you think they have sank low enough they go out and sink even deeper in the mess and caos they have rightfully earned. They all have made complete fools of themselves, shamed the wonderful nation of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people worldwide and they have shown the world that none of them have a lick of credibility nor any will to actually improve Ukraine beyond the present corrupt status quo system of government &amp; justice. The current leaders are a wash and without hope...that is a certainty... and you are stuck with them for several more years. Wow, that is a revolting thought!!! My only hope is that they do not totally degrade Ukraine beyond repair. I also hope that Ukrainians are finally opening their eyes and see that voting for these old Soviet branded politicians get them nothing but more dictatorship, and elitism for the wealthy and continued poverty with little hope or rights for the common Ukrainian. Geaze... if the canditate talks like a dictator, has a past history of corruption and is well connected to only the most wealthy and powerful and old Soviet elites... then what in the world makes you think they have anything in common with common people or will do anything good beyond nothing but talk for normal people? That is totally illogical. Stop voting for these terrible people as leaders!!! That is the real beginning of change for the good.

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Anonymous Dec. 11, 2011, 7:45 p.m.    

Both EU and Ukraine want her re-arrested because both are looking for a face saving way out of the proposed agreement.Her arrests provide EU/Ukraine a way out.

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