Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko began her testimony today by stressing that there is no evidence that she committed a crime while prime minister in 2009, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

“The indictment in the criminal case that was falsified against me doesn’t contain, contrary to the requirements of the Criminal Procedure Code, any evidence proving that I committed a crime, violated any laws, not to mention the offense I am charged with under paragraph 3 of article 365 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.

The ex-premier drew the court’s attention to the unprecedented speed at which her criminal case was given to the court. "The same day that the indictment was written and signed by First Deputy Prosecutor General Renat Kuzmin, it was given to the court. On this same day the case was assigned to the judge and proceedings were opened," she noted.

The judge objected to Yulia Tymoshenko’s statements, accusing her of abusing her right to testify in court and speaking not about facts but merely voicing her complaints against the investigator from the prosecutor’s office. But the ex-premier continued to speak.