I really can't believe how stupid the regime of Yushchenko is sounding. They were put in government thanks to a Western assisted coup on the basis of loving Western style capitalism and the market and so on.
Now when Russia wants to charge the Ukraine the market rate for gas which is around £139 per 1000 cubic metres, they soon start whining, didn't they like the market last week? Up until now Russia has been supplying the Ukraine gas for only £29 per 1000 cubic metres, way below the market rate. One of the benefits that flowed from the USSR.
Even worse is that the Ukraine then started stealing gas destined for the rest of the Europe (Russia supplies about 20% of the EU's gas). Although it seems to of stopped that, for now.
Yushchenko seems to believe that the western capitalists will supply him with gas for free or for a subsidised rate. He is mistaken, the west want to break down the remaining heavy industry in the Ukraine and turn it into a cheap source of labour.
They did the same thing in western Europe in the 1980s, buy in energy from abroad so you can throw hundreds of thousands of people, largely miners in the UK, out of work and thereby in the process destroying the trade unions. Leaving a cheap service sector economy that is easily exploitable.
The Ukrianian masses won't let Yushchenko get away with this, they have the lessons we learned in western Europe, they know what to do, and what they have to do is simple. Call a general strike, bring down Yushchenko and abolish the market economy and reconstitute the USSR by reuniting Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan - and that's just for starters.