Ukraine has never been a democratic state. It came close in 2004/5 not by design but as a compromise arising from the Orange Revolution, Ukraine managed to adopt a Parliamentary system of government. It was a step in the right direction but it did not go far enough. It retained provisions that allowed Viktor Yushchenko to wreck havoc and deny Ukraine the rights of self governance.
Yushchenko continually undermined Ukraine's democratic development by refusing to allow Ukraine to complete the transition for autocracy to democracy. His hatred of democratic rule was so great that in 2007 he unconstitutionally dismissed Ukraine's arguably most democratically elected Parliament causing seven months of political and civil unrest. The parliament that followed was even more unstable and riddled with conflict. By 2010 Victor Yushchenko was so disliked and distrusted by the Ukrainian population that his support rating had dropped to below 5%. The people of Ukraine had lost faith in Ukraine's pursuit of democracy the 5 years of Yushchenko only delivered division and discontent.
One by one Viktor Yushchenko betrayed his allies.
Yushchenko first went after Tymoshenko but that failed. Then in 2006 he refused to form a governing coalition and attacked the Socialist Party by refusing to share political power and appoin Olexandr Moroz to teh position of Parliamentary speaker. This resulted in the collapse of the Organge revolution and the allowed the formation of a new political alliance which saw Viktor Yanukovych elected to the position of Prime Minister. For good or worst. Ukraine achieved a decree of stability yet Yushchenko continued to oppose democratic rule and consistently destabilised Ukraine's internal and external relationships.
In 2007 Yushchenko's decision to dismiss Ukraine's Parliament was the beginning of Ukraine’s down fall.
The election that followed saw Ukraine even more divided and unstable. Block Tymoshenko and a reformed alliance under the President's party "Our Ukraine" held a majority of the parliament by one vote. Even on the first day the parliament was unworkable with members of Our Ukraine threatening to cross the floor and support a vote of no confidence in the new government.
In the days months and years that followed Viktor Yushchenko continued to further destabilise Ukraine's Parliamentary democracy. In 2008 a new alliance was reached between Block Tymoshenko the remnants of Our Ukraine that remained committed to a democratic future and Block Lytvyn lead by Vladimir Lytvyn who was elected speaker. (The same positioon that Yushchenko refused to offer Social Pafrty Leader Olexandr Morz back in 2006) This reduced Yushchenko's influence and effectiveness.
During 2008 and 2009 Yushchenko continued to wreck havoc on Ukraine. Blocking all efforts to have him removed from office. (Something that should have happened back in 2007 when he breach Ukraine's Constitution) Yushchenko having lost office sought to extract revenge against those that he betrayed by supporting the election of Party of Regions, Viktor Yanukovych to the office of President.