There is a new danger for Yulia Tymoshenko hanging in the air. Just a couple of weeks ago Ukraine seemed to have a window of opportunity to let her walk free, by having President Viktor Yanukovych issue a pardon. As of Wednesday, though, it looks like the former Prime Minister is headed for a life sentence in the case of a 1996 mafia-style murder.
The Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office will interrogate former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko in the case on the murder of businessman Yevhen Scherban as soon as she recovers, First Deputy Chief of the Main Department for Particularly Important Cases of the Prosecutor General's Office Oleh Pushkar has said.
The main witness in the high-profile criminal case against Yulia Tymoshenko told the court she ordered and paid for the 1996 murder of a business rival. The statement, which is expected to become the prosecutors' main argument, comes amid a growing controversy around the witness.
Petro Kirichenko, former adviser to ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko and a witness in the criminal case on the murder of Ukrainian parliamentarian Yevhen Shcherban, has said that the money that was paid for the murder of Shcherban came from former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Petro Kirichenko, former adviser to ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko and a witness in the criminal case on the murder of Ukrainian parliamentarian Yevhen Shcherban, has said that many people suffered from the actions of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and added that he could not forgive the ex-premier for what she had done.
Petro Kirichenko, former adviser to ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Lazarenko and a witness in the criminal case on the murder of Ukrainian parliamentarian Yevhen Shcherban, has said that he had no reason to defame former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko.
Petro Kyrychenko, a witness in the criminal case on the murder of Ukrainian parliamentarian Yevhen Scherban, has said that former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko ordered the murder of Scherban in 1996.
Investigative actions in the case of the killing of MP Yevhen Scherban in 1996, in which former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is charged with organizing the murder, were suspended in connection with the need to perform actions under international legal orders, but the investigation has already resumed.
The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine has stopped the investigation into the killing of MP Yevhen Scherban in 1996, in which former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is charged with organizing the lawmaker's murder, the ex-premier's defense counsel, Serhiy Vlasenko, has said.
The United States is still expecting the release of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko from prison.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine John Tefft has said he hopes that the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine will allow him and Head of the EU Delegation in Ukraine Jan Tombinski to visit former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko after the May holidays.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will exercise his right to pardon former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko at the earliest opportunity, a non-staff adviser to the president, MP Hanna Herman of the Party of Regions, has said.
The leadership of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the US Helsinki Commission, has expressed the hope that the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of pre-trial detention of former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko will provide further impetus for her release.
The United States hopes for an end to the prosecution of former premier Yulia Tymoshenko and active efforts of the Ukrainian authorities towards signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych cannot intervene in the situation with the imprisonment of ex-prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko because it would mean the violation of the law, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Leonid Kozhara said during his visit to Washington.
PRAGUE -- European Union enlargement chief Stefan Fuele has lashed out at a defiant Belarus and bemoaned a political crisis that threatens to upend the EU aspirations of Moldova, a one-time star pupil in Western integration. Speaking at RFE/RL headquarters in Prague on May 9, Fuele addressed a variety of issues related to the enlargement aspirations of the six Eastern Partnership countries and the nations of the Western Balkans.
WASHINGTON – Ukraine's foreign minister says he will urge U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to look beyond the case of Ukraine's jailed former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko, and focus on areas of cooperation between the countries. Leonid Kozhara was speaking May 9 at the National Democratic Institute in Washington, one day before his meeting with the top U.S. diplomat. He said he planned to discuss prospects for increased cooperation on energy, agriculture, and other issues with Kerry.
WASHINGTON -- The European Union stands on the edge of a decision that may have profound implications for the continent and on relations between the European Union and Russia, not to mention the United States. What will the European Union decide? And in particular, will that decision be made on the basis of the fate of one famous individual?
The ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on the pre-trial detention of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko does not mention any political motives for her arrest, and any statements of her supporters on this matter are attempts to manipulate public opinion, MP Volodymyr Oliynyk of the Party of Regions has said.
Brussels – The European Court of Human Rights has stressed that the court has not established political motives behind the arrest of former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko.