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You're reading: What next for Ukraine?

Friends have been getting in touch to ask me what’s going on, and where Ukraine is going. It’s an important question.

The cause of this interest and concern is the sentencing of ex-Prime Minister Tymoshenko on Tuesday toseven years in prison, a three-year political ban and a massive fine.

Discussion in the media has focused on whether the trial verdict means that Ukraine has given up on its ambitions to integrate with Europe and become a democratic EU-type country, or whether the outcome of the trial can somehow be overturned allowing Ukraine’s EU integration path to continue.

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