Adrian Karatnychky, Atlantic Council | January 21, 2009
The two-week gas war between Ukraine and Russia was only partly about money. ++ Russia wanted to split the Ukrainian leadership, where support for leader President Yushchenko has fallen to 5%. ++ PM Tymoshenko has also been weakened, as she faces responsibility for the financial downturn. ++ President Putin miscalculated: Russian pressure has unified pro-western Ukrainians, as the EU refused to blame only them for the gas debacle. ++ Yushchenko must play the unifier and break the deadlock in Ukrainian politics.