Batkivschyna Party calls for mass rallies to support Tymoshenko

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Aug. 5, 2011, 6:04 p.m. | Politics — by Interfax-Ukraine

Supporters of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko shout slogans outside the Pecherskiy District Court in Kyiv, Wednesday, July 27, 2011.
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The first deputy leader of the Batkivschyna Party, Oleksandr Turchynov, has called for mass rallies to support former Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko. "Let's start mobilizing," he said.

According to him, if enough people start active protests then in September Ukraine could have a new government.

"There are many sympathizers, but not so many people that are ready to fight. We're starting an active fight today," Turchynov said.

Yulia Tymoshenko, on trial for abusing her authority in reaching a 2009 gas deal with Russia when she was Ukraine's prime minister, was arrested today on contempt-of-court charges.

One of her assistants said she was taken to the Lukyanivska pre-trial detention center in Kyiv.

Court hearings on the Russian gas supply contract case will continue at 10.00 on August 8.
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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 6:10 p.m.    

Why is the yanukovych government trying to make Tymoshenko into

Ukraine's equivalent of Joan of Arch?

How stupid can they be? Obviously....very stupid.

This could easily flare into Ukraine's 'Egypt' moment.

Bye-bye EU aspiration! Always shooting themselves in the foot.

This sovok mentality is beyond comprehension.

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 6:16 p.m.    

He is guided by Russian experts and probably his mentor Putin, Russia wins in any case. Ukraine with Yanuk and the mob and Ukraine in chaos. This has been very carefully orchestrated and the half wit went for it.

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 9:33 p.m.    

When may unite with Russia? EU is not for Ukraine.

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 10:22 p.m.    

Speak English idiot...and stop mumbling nonsense!

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 10:20 p.m.    

You're right....this has all been carefully orchestrated.

Nothing is what it appears.

It is a Byzantine world with Byzantine logic and behaviour.

They are all mafia....just different clans and power brokers.

Money and power are the name of the game. Any notion of pride of country...welfare of citizenry....all meaningless concepts in that particular world.

Just Disgraceful!

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:52 a.m.    

Well, that's not truth and I am sorry you think this way, for 1,5 years Timoshenko done so much and we badly need her to come back to power again, otherwise we all will go into nowhere and will be worse than Africa.

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 6:15 p.m.    

There is only one place to march to. Yanukonvicts mansion,and force him to fly off in his helicopter! TO HELL! FOREVER!!!

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:49 a.m.    

I 100% agree with you and there is an easier way - to put the bomb into his mansion and then he really flied to hell forever together with his helicopters and other criminals - that's the place they belong to and have to be there.That will be honest and I am sure 42 of left citizens in this country will be so much thankful for that and happy about that.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 1:42 a.m.    

Let the revolution begin, &quot;The People's Revolution&quot;.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 3:08 p.m.    

In the Ukraine ?

With almost everybody drunk and/or sleeping ?

heh, heh, heh, :D

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 4:48 p.m.    

You are referring to the Russia.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 6:55 a.m.    

Time for stiff backbone mr.president don't waver like kuchma get the tanks and troops in position.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 4:47 p.m.    

STF up you Russkie asshole!

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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 9:50 p.m.    

If there are no people in the street its cause people stopped believing in her. The question of whether her trial is political is not too controversial... most people think it is. The question is, who cares enough to stick their necks out. If it was 2007, and this happened to her, there would be massive protests. But her time as Prime Minister was a controversial disappointment to many Ukrainians, so its a really tricky question what to do. Seems at this point like most people are opting to do nothing, and focus on their own problems.

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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 10:29 p.m.    

Agreed. Most I know who had a sip of the cup of Orange Revolution feel deeply betrayed, and want no more of it. Life is getting better, and the rise and fall of one or 50 oligarchs means nothing to most of the rank and file. They've had enough of empty promises from both sides.

Of course, the same feeling is rampant in USA and EU. The heck with revolution of any colour. Give us peace, steal what you want but leave some for us.

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