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Was the verdict against Tymoshenko a verdict against Ukraine? Yes, wrote Vasyl Tuhluk from Kyiv in a lead article in Nova Hazeta, a Ukrainian-language weekly in New York, published by a new group, not the same as the “entrenched activists” of the Ukrainian National Association and its two papers in New Jersey.

To put this into perspective, the latter two publications, to their credit, have joined the worldwide chorus of support for Tymoshenko when she was put on trial — long after editorially denouncing her political stance during the critically charged summer of 2009. Only one of them, The Ukrainian Weekly, lukewarmly endorsed her candidacy in the runoff presidential elections in 2010. The other one, Svoboda, in a longstanding trance under the Viktor Yushchenko tent, nine days before the election editorially castigated Tymoshenko for a plethora of deficiencies.

The point is that the US Ukrainian diaspora, presumably the Olympus of patriotic wisdom, has collectively, dismally failed to comprehend and anticipate the unmitigated disaster that would strike Ukraine in case of Viktor Yanukovych’s election as president. Let me put it this way: They should have been praying for anyone who could vanquish the Regions Party crowd.

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