Prosecutors charged ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on May 24 with exceeding her authority in not only negotiating natural gas deals with Russia during the 2009 crisis, but in getting a bad price to boot – costing the nation $440 million in losses.

Let’s roll back the clock to those fateful three weeks in the winter of 2009, when Russia cut off gas to Europe in another price war with Ukraine.

Had the crisis gone on any longer, parts of Europe would have been in critical danger of freezing.

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