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The trial of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, on charges of exceeding her authority in negotiating a bad deal to end the 2009 gas-shutoff crisis with Russia, has been revealing.

Oleh Dubyna, head of state energy company Naftogaz during Tymoshenko’s 2007-2010 term as prime minister, gave startling testimony. Not known as an ally of Tymoshenko, Dubyna’s testimony was not favorable for her defense in some respects.

He said, for instance, that he would not have approved gas accords with Russia had he known there was not full Cabinet approval. But Dubyna’s testimony was most damning for former President Viktor Yushchenko and Yanukovych.

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