between the EU and Ukraine are at an impasse.
last two years have been dominated by rows over the selective prosecution of
regime opponents, in particular the conviction of former Prime Minister Yuliya
Tymoshenko in October 2011, and an accelerating trend towards a more authoritarian
and corrupt style of rule in Ukraine.
has now turned to the parliamentary elections held on Oct. 28 as a different
test of Ukraine’s democratic bona fides. The opposition rightly feels aggrieved
that the authorities have denied them a possible victory. There was some direct
fraud, particularly in the new territorial constituencies.