Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s prison sentence may have squashed President Viktor Yanukovych’s drive for closer ties with the European Union, putting him at Russia’s mercy before gas-price talks.
Ukrainian prosecutors said jailed former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko may face life imprisonment for murder, escalating a case that’s driven a wedge between the former Soviet republic and the European Union.
Ukrainians elected billionaire Petro Poroshenko as president, two exit polls showed, handing him the task of stemming deadly separatist violence that’s threatening to rip the former Soviet republic apart.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said he’ll allow jailed ex-Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko to leave the country for medical care as he seeks to clear the path to a delayed European integration accord.
Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych rejected “political” pressure over the jailing of opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko, saying an appeal to Europe’s human-rights court would only confirm the legality of her conviction.