The trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko is set to resume Sept. 27. Rumors circulating in Ukrainian media suggest President Viktor Yanukovych is looking for a way to release Tymoshenko.
Tymoshenko’s trial comes at a pivotal time for Ukraine in terms of the country’s relationship with both the European Union and Russia. Ukraine is looking to conclude bilateral trade and association agreements with the European Union, though Tymoshenko’s conviction in what is widely viewed as a politically motivated case could scuttle these plans.
Additionally, Ukraine has shown more independence from Moscow in recent months, but with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announcing his plan to return to the presidency, Kyiv’s ability to draw a firmer line against Russian influence may also be coming to an end.