A Serious Misstep from Tymoshenko
It’s a pity that Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko could not see her way clear to take our advice. We believe that both she and her country will come to regret it.
When Tymoshenko lost her bid to succeed Victor Yushchenko as president, going down to defeat against Victor Yanukovich in a runoff, we urged her to accept the results rather than contest them. Tymoshenko’s firey, impulsive disposition had already cost her the presidency, because she was too confrontational with Yushchenko and he ended up refusing to support her in the runoff after going down to defeat himself. Without his supporters, Tymoshenko could not prevail.
We urged Tymoshenko to be more constructive in dealing with Yanukovich, so she could preserve her position as prime minister, but once again she refused to do so. Her coalition collapsed, and she was forced out.
We understand why Tymoshenko acts the way she does.
She is by far the highest-ranking, most powerful woman in former USSR, as such a scintillating and essential role model for a new generation of Eastern European women, and she is surrounded by those who would betray and destroy the nation she passionately loves. She sees her nation turning backwards, handing power to a man, Yanukovich, who is unquestionably a liar, a moron, a criminal and a rogue. He could weaken her nation enough to make it a tempting target for Russian aggression.
Considering all that, Tymoshenko must fight, any way she can, as hard as she can, as long as she can. That she would lose her perspective in the midst of that struggle is not surprising.
But lose it she did,and now Tymoshenko is utterly out in the cold, back where she started, without any kind of power and only the hope the more dedicated work will restore her to the corridors of power one day.