An explanation for the war of nerves between the EU and Yanukovych which is taking place over the release of Yulia Tymoshenko can be found in Yanukovych's gangster mentality and world view. He spent his formative years as a street gang leader immersed in a full-blown criminal environment, and was sentenced twice for crimes of violence.
He observes the enormous efforts by the EU to get Tymoshenko released - a person he and many other misogynistic Ukrainian politicians consider to be just a cheap tart/swindler who achieved everything by smooth-talking and wiggling her arse. For the Yanukovych's of this world women serve only one purpose...
He thinks, hey, if they care so much for her, then she really must be a most valuable piece of merchandise. I can get plenty for her in any trade-off, so I'm going to play it really tough. Hence the absurd and illogical demands that Tymoshenko [or allegedly Angela Merkel] pay a gigantic $200 million fine. This, despite Tymoshenko never being accused of gaining personally for the 2009 gas deal she allegedly screwed up on, for which she was sentenced.
Problem is, now he may have gone too far, run out of track, and really pissed the Europeans off - the opportunity may have been missed.
It is now unlikely that a solution to the Tymoshenko problem will be found in parliament. Inna Bohoslovska, the most voxiferous of Tymoshenko's critics, whom even chased the former PM around a television studio during a live broadcast, is one of the PoR members of an committee "trying to resolve [ho,ho]" the issue by cobbling together a new draft law.
Bohoslovska, in her blog, today says: "The great historic mission - Ukraine's rapprochement with the European family has been reduced to dirty political speculation surrounding the big political opportunist [spekulant] Tymoshenko." So we knows which way she will vote...
Other committee members say it's already too late anyhow.
As I have previously posted, Yanukovch "knows, that if he indeed wants to take the Euro-route, he can, in extremis, at the the last moment, pardon Tymoshenko or release her for treatment by signing an ukaz. It will then be 'job done'."
And if she remains in jail, he still possess a valuable package for possible use in any trade-off further down the line.
Yanukovych, and his pals resemble a gang of thugs who have kidnapped a woman hostage. Having 'served her purpose', they know they can always dump the her out of the back of the truck at the door of the victim's family...and have a good laugh about it on the drive home..