NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine, which acts as a civil plaintiff in the trial of former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has asked Kyiv's Pechersky District Court to satisfy its lawsuit regarding compensation for the losses of UAH 1.516 billion inflicted on the company after the signing of gas supply contracts with Russia in 2009.

A company representative, Vadym Kunitskty, said at the court debates on Wednesday that Naftogaz believes that "it has been proved during pre-trial and judicial investigation that losses in the abovementioned amount were inflicted on the company," UKRINFORM reported.

During his speech, he said that Tymoshenko had no right to unilaterally sign the directives to Naftogaz to hold talks, put the stamps of the Cabinet of Ministers on them without their consideration by the board and approval at a government meeting.

As reported, a representative of the Prosecutor General's Office, Liliya Frolova, said during the court debates on Tuesday that the prosecution asked the court to sentence the former prime minister to seven years in prison, with no right to hold state posts for up to three years. Frolova said that "there are no circumstances mitigating or aggravating Tymoshenko's guilt."

Frolova added that the prosecution asked the court to satisfy a civil lawsuit by Naftogaz in the amount of UAH 1.516 billion and also leave unchanged the measure of restraint for Tymoshenko in the form of detention pending the entry into force of a conviction.

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