So deputy head of the president's administration, Hanna Herman, says:
"..irrespective whether someone is trying to hinder Viktor Yanukovych - whether someone wants the world to look upon Ukraine as is does upon Belarus, we have a duty to work for Ukraine."
Clearly, she is upset that Ukraine is being tarred by the same brush as its northern neighbour.
No surprise, therefore, that her boss Yanukovych, who was one of the very few world leaders to warmly congratulate his Belarus counterpart, 'comb-over Alex', Lukashenko, on his 'victory' in recent presidential elections, did so surreptitiously, without informing the Ukrainian nation. It seems Yanukovych may be an admirer of Lukashenko's after all...
Most West European countries consider Lukashenko's 'victory' to be highly suspect - they condemn the post-election beatings and maltreatment of Belarus' opposition leaders.
p.s. the Italian 'Il Legno Sorto' consider Tymoshenko has been 'stitched up' by the current Ukrainian authorities, and that the Japanese are satisfied that the Kyoto protocol money is all properly accounted for...but unfortunately the links they provide all lead to Yulia T's own website...still, nice photo...
p.p.s. European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule is in Ukraine "To Study Situation Involving Arrests Of Former Government Officials"
BYuT want him to ban PM Azarov and his cabinet ministers from entering EU countries, except on official visits, so that they are: "immediately disconnected from their Swiss bank accounts, or from [their joint-venture..LEvko] businesses situated in Austria and other countries. For them this would simply be the end." ....Nasty..