Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has said that she acted within the confines of the law and in the interests of Ukraine during the signing of gas contracts in 2009, according to the Official web site of Yulia Tymoshenko.

“I acted legally, logically, effectively and in the interest of the state. I didn’t trade land and the Black Sea Fleet, I didn’t trade the gas transport system, Energoatom, Ukrtelecom. I didn’t give up a single piece of Ukrainian land and not a hryvnia of state assets was put under attack,” Yulia Tymoshenko said today in court.

The ex-premier stressed that her actions were correct. “If God forbid a similar situation was to repeat, I would have acted the same: I would have used the power given to me by the Constitution and laws of Ukraine and done the same, and would have just as clearly and understandably brought the country out of the crisis,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko said that today she feels the injustice of the judicial system as she watched the current government trample democracy in Ukraine. “Under the current circumstances, I understand how people felt that were persecuted by the Soviet regime, how people felt that were sent to labor camps without trial or reason,” she said.

Yulia Tymoshenko began her speech by standing “as a sign of respect to Ukrainian citizens and the international community, who recognize that these charges are groundless."