With her braided fringe of blonde hair, Yulia Tymoshenko was the face of the 2004 Orange Revolution. For many in the West, the petite blonde woman has long symbolized Ukraine.

She was Prime Minister of Ukraine twice, from February to September 2005 and from December 2007 to March 2010. She also ran in the 2019 presidential election, but was defeated by the current President Zelenskyy at the time.

Since the beginning of the war, things have been quiet about the politician, who was convicted of financial abuse and therefore also in prison. Now she has shown herself in Dubai. While the war was raging in her home country, she spent New Year’s at the five-star Kempinsky Hotel. A video shows her on the beach of a luxury hotel. Tanned and dressed all in white, she is seen on a private beach.

“My daughter and my three grandchildren live in Dubai,” says Tymoshenko in an interview with “CH Media” about her trip. “They moved there before the war started.”

Tymoshenko also commented on the war and Putin. The former Ukrainian Prime Minister is confident and even describes a Russian defeat as “inevitable”. “The myth that the Russian army is the second strongest in the world has been shattered. Just like the political myth that Russia is a superpower.”

Putin’s goal was not Crimea or Donbass. Not even Ukraine. “His goal is power. Worldwide, not only in Russia. He wants to undermine Western supremacy in the world.” Putin’s goal is a new world order. “Ukraine is just the beginning.”