The Skadden Arps report does not completely vindicate Ukraine and its handling of Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial, but on the critical questions of selective prosecution, Tymoshenko’s outlandish behavior, and her factual guilt, her arguments lie in tatters.
The move beyond Tymoshenko as the sole arbiter of Ukraine’s democracy is already underway in Ukraine. It is time to take that move into the larger world.
Were Ukraine a third-world country or Tymoshenko not well-assisted by expensive public relations firms, her destructive tendencies would be a source of mockery. Each advance she and her anti-Semitic allies make is at her backers’ feet.
On Monday, the world will wake to a Ukraine that has passed its litmus test. The growing debate over how to view Ukraine will heat up as free elections and the mounting evidence show a country determined to be part of Europe.
“The only chance for Ukraine is to be on our side … Ukraine needs Europe, and Europe needs Ukraine.” This was the general consensus of a conference in Berlin on October 23, 2012, featuring statesmen wrestling with Europe’s relationship with Ukraine in advance of upcoming parliamentary elections.
Someone should ask Clinton, Merkel, and every other world leader how they feel about staking Ukraine’s future on a woman who unhesitatingly allies with neo-Nazis, and who not only turned on Yushchenko’s opposition to Vladimir Putin, but now on his repudiation of fascists?
Ukraine will hold elections on the 28th. How it conducts its election, and not Yulia Tymoshenko’s trial and sentence, should be the litmus test for Ukraine.
Former Ukrainian President Yushchenko described the gas contract former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko negotiated as “criminal by nature.” Expect the United Opposition to attempt to tie together Yuschenko and the man against whom he famously went to war in 2004, President Yanukovych.
This is a critical chance to test Ukraine’s commitment to democracy, both by the Government and by the Opposition.
Should Ukraine’s deeper integration with the European Union be held hostage to Tymoshenko’s case while the European Court of Human Rights hears her appeal? Prominent statesmen argue that engagement should be the way forward for Ukraine’s and Europe’s longer-term strategic interests.