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Reaction swift to Tymoshenko's arrest (updated)

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Aug. 5, 2011, 7:47 p.m. | Ukraine — by Vlad Lavrov

Supporters of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko express dismay outside a Kyiv courtroom after a judge ordered Tymoshenko arrested and jailed on contempt-of-court charges.

Vlad Lavrov

Kyiv Post staff writer

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Editor’s Note: The following statements came in response to the Aug. 5 arrest and jailing of ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko on contempt-of-court charges in her trial. Tymoshenko is charged with exceeding her authority as prime minister in reaching a 2009 gas deal with Russia to end a three-week shutoff in January. Tymoshenko, in a view shared by many Ukrainians and many in the West, calls the charges politically motivated to win a conviction that makes her ineligible to run against Yanukovych in the 2015 presidential election or stand in the 2012 parliamentary eletion. Yanukovych denies he has anything to do with the charges.
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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 8:59 p.m.    

Yanukovych has just committed political suicide. He is finished.

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 9:43 p.m.    

not likely..... yulka is finished...

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 10:08 p.m.    

Brothers and Sisters our Ukraina is finished,how uplifting and

promising things looked in the winter of our Orange Renaissance a few years ago...now it is all gone.

The nation now awaits your answer,only the people can move these scum

and leeches in power,arise my brothers and sisters and show these heartless dogs that we are the masters in our house -enough is enough

WE ARE THE AUTHORS OF OUR OWN DESTINY...SLAVA YKPAIHI

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 10:15 p.m.    

The Bard wrote this, or are you paraphrasing from him?

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 1:51 a.m.    

We are one and the same,the Bard is the soul of the people and he is the soul of Ukraina,it lives in our hearts forever... SLAVA YKRAIHI

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 9:13 p.m.    

The dictator must be condemmed and jailed for abuse of power?

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 9:21 p.m.    

EU insists on rule of law and then asks Yanukovich to intervene when it sees something it doesnt like?

WTF?

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 2:06 a.m.    

Why not ask of the person, Yanukovych, who is orchestrating the false trial?

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 10:02 p.m.    

I would let these criminals fight it out amongst each other, BYUT and POR!!!! What is more nes worthy is the poor coalminers who perished in two mine accidents. Who is going to bring Alhmetov and his cronnies to justice?

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 2:05 a.m.    

Akmetov is a Yanukovych and Party of Regions supporter he is part of the bigger problem concerning peoples rights and democracy in Ukraine. They are taking advantage of the people paying them sub standard wages and placing them into dangerous working conditions.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 7:47 p.m.    

Is there a way to send the politicians to the mines?

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Anonymous Aug. 5, 2011, 10:15 p.m.    

Quote above.....Yanuk is taking Ukraine....for a return to Soviet-style authoritarianism.....

He does this by the illegal piano voters....there is no one to stop him.

Please, the law is...one man = one vote in person.....

Enforce this law,,,,before it is too late......

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 1:06 a.m.    

The people of the United States are behind the citizens of Ukraine. It's time to begin the new revolution, * The People's Revolution&quot;, against the ruling mafia. Tymoshenkoa has lit the the light now the citizens have to take up the torch and demand justice, equality, fairness, and freedom. The corrupt government of Ukraine and it's puppet court judges are an insult to society as a whole. Such actions demand no respect for these individuals since they make a mockery of the Ukrainian Constitution. Be courages and take to the streets to demand justice that is fair.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 6:57 a.m.    

Americans are too lazy/cowardly to take to the streets against their own corrupt and dysfunctional government (BOTH parties). So your bravado is misplaced...

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 7:07 a.m.    

Yeah but we have no problems stirring up other people's shit

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 10:22 a.m.    

yeah, you know us. i've seen all of the lazy people in ukraine that drink and sleep during the day.

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 7:06 a.m.    

I wonder if it is not too late for Euro 2012 to boycott Ukraine and be held in poland only?

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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 4:29 a.m.    

Great idea!

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 12:55 p.m.    

heh, heh, heh, :D

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 9:44 p.m.    

Yulia did her best for that to happen already. Fortunately Kolesnikov took over Euro 2012 and we have some stadiums, instead of the &quot;nothing&quot; she built for 3 years leading up to 2010. And where did all that money go? Whoops

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Anonymous Aug. 6, 2011, 7:28 a.m.    

There cannot be any doubt now that the charges against Tymoshenko are entirely politically motivated.The arrest was timed at a point where Europe and the US are in the midst of a major financial crisis. Media attention is directed towards the crisis and not the end of democracy in Ukraine. The timing is perfect for the arrests. Now, only the people of Ukraine can stop the totalitarian system that has engulfed Ukraine once again. Cancelling Euro-2012 would be an appropriate response but the Europeans will not do this. Appeasement is still a prevailing trait amongst European leaders and the POR are well aware of this. They would not have moved forward with the arrest otherwise.

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Anonymous Aug. 7, 2011, 10:42 a.m.    

Tymoshenko is one of the world's biggest thieves. She worked hand in hand with Lazarenko and she deserves to be in prison.

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

Desparate liar!

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Anonymous Aug. 8, 2011, 9:42 p.m.    

Why wasn't the Muslim Brotherhood in Ukraine interviewed? It would be important to hear their specific views on this, and if they are mobilising.

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