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Former Ukraine PM Tymoshenko on hunger strike

April 24, 2012 at 11:04 AM
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KIEV, Ukraine, April 24 (UPI) -- Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has launched a hunger strike to protest the political situation in Ukraine, a member of Parliament said.

MP Serhii Vlasenko told the Ukrainian news agency UNA that Tymoshenko stopped eating April 20 at the Kachanivska women's penal colony.

In a related development, he said prison guards reportedly kicked her in the stomach while taking her to a clinic.

The former leader suffers from a severe spinal condition, but Tymoshenko refused treatment at the Kharkiv clinic because she doesn't trust the government-appointed doctors there, Vlasenko said.

Tymoshenko, 51, is serving a seven-year sentence for abusing her powers while negotiating gas contracts with Russia.

Her guilty verdict was strongly condemned by the West as politically motivated.

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