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In announcing
her presidential candidacy on March 27, the twice-imprisoned, two-time prime minister (2005, 2007-2010) said
that Ukraine – while facing the prospect of a full-scale military invasion from
the Kremlin – has the chance to remake itself and shed its Soviet legacy after
nearly 23 years.

At the same
time, Tymoshenko – released from prison on Feb. 22, the same day that the
EuroMaidan Revolution toppled her political nemesis Viktor Yanukovych as
president – said that she is powerless to stop Putin’s advance right now.

“I think that
the level of aggression from the Kremlin cannot be regulated by negotiations
with Ukraine,” Tymoshenko told a news conference. “I think it can only be
solved by direct negotiations of world leaders with Putin, who is the author
and executor of war with Ukraine. If i thought my help in negotiations with
Putin would bring any result, don’t doubt that i would go that very moment and
negotiate.”

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