Outside the court where the corruption trial of Yulia Tymoshenko is being held is being read, riot police are out in force.
Hundreds of Tymoshenko’s supporters have gathered outside the courthouse in the centre of Kiev.
But there are also people demonstrating against her, raising fears of unrest if Tymoshenko is jailed.
The US and the European Union say they believe the trial is politically motivated and have called for her release.
The case comes at a time when Ukraine is attempting to improve its ties with the West, and Kiev is being warned that economic agreements are at risk.