Don't worry, he's fine, though looks "resigned, even tired."
In his first interview since the country was roiled by a disputed election now overturned, Mr. Kuchma acknowledged, indirectly, that the Nov. 21 runoff had been marred by electoral violations, though he questioned the extent of them and said he believed that Prime Minister Viktor F. Yanukovich had in reality won.
At the same time, he said that if he were Mr. Yanukovich, he would not run in what will amount to a third round against Mr. Yushchenko, now scheduled for Dec. 26.
The following paragraph contains two words that have, at first, confused me: "so effectively." I'm biased against Kuchma, so I interpreted this as a praise to him, and only later realized that all it means is that Kuchma's just another Teflon President.
[Kuchma] remains determined, however, to navigate Ukraine's convoluted intersections of power and politics, bureaucracy and business, as he has done, so effectively, for a decade, despite accusations of corruption and criminality, which he denies.
From Kuchma, via the New York Times, I also learned that Yanukovych "has been ill with a fever" and this is why he hasn't said anything about what now looks like his fake victory. (Allegedly, however, he had a long meeting with Yulia Tymoshenko yesterday - but this information is from a different source.)
Kuchma himself isn't too pleased with the Supreme Court's decision:
"I think it was unexpected for many, including myself," Mr. Kuchma said, "because the decision went beyond the legal framework determined by the law on election of the president. Under the circumstances, it would have been correct for the court to recognize elections were held with violations and recommend that the Central Election Commission, which is a constitutional body, pass a decision canceling the results."
Of course, he's always known better than any of those stupid little courts what's "correct" and what's not for this country. Our great, great leader.