Her support comes from the nationalist western half of the country. But she can reach out to the Russophone east and she is the only credible political figure who can win a nationwide election. The rest of the field are purely sectoral candidates.
Putin likes her personally and there is trust between them and both sides need good relations whether they like it or not. Ukraine’s destiny is bound to Russia’s and there are millions of ethnic Ukrainians in Russia just as there are millions of ethnic Russians in Ukraine and many have family on both sides of the divide.
The article's conclusion:
“The net result of yet another Ukrainian revolution will be de facto Russian control of Crimea, and a Kiev government commercially and personally bound to Mr. Putin.”
The article endorses Ms. Tymoshenko and concludes that Putin will control the Ukraine in the future. Do you agree?