Kireyev said the opposition leader’s actions while she was prime minister had led to a loss for Naftogaz of 1.5 billion hryvnias ($188 million). "In January 2009, Tymoshenko, exercising the duties of prime minister … used her powers for criminal ends and, acting deliberately, carried out actions … which led to heavy consequences," he said.
After Kireyev read the guilty verdict and sentence, at nearly 1 p.m., Tymoshenko stood up and said she would continue to fight for justice and urged her supporters to do the same for the sake of the nation. "The year 1937 has returned to Ukraine," Tymoshenko said in the courtroom, referring to the Soviet era of Josef Stalin. "Fight for your rights. This is a difficult period for Ukraine."
Tymoshenko, the main political opponent of Yanukovych, was found guilty in connection with a bilateral agreement that ended the three-week 2009 gas shutoff by Russia over a price dispute. The Yanukovych leadership says the 10-year contract has saddled the former Soviet republic with an exorbitant price for vital supplies of Russian gas.