Tymoshenko on hunger strike


Imprisoned former prime minister and opposition leader, Yulia Tymoshenko has announced an indefinite hunger strike “in unity and solidarity with all those who are presently struggling on all EuroMaidans in Ukraine and in the world” and “with the demand to Yanukovych that he sign the agreement on association and a free trade zone with the EU.”

On Monday Yanukovych broke his silence since the statement by prime minister Azarov that Ukraine was suspending moves towards signing the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement.  That statement came an hour or so after the Party of the Regions had once again brought down all legislative attempts to enable Tymoshenko to receive medical treatment abroad.  This is the minimal requirement put by the EU which has consistently condemned the former prime minister’s prosecution and 7-year-sentence. 

Yanukovych defended the suspension, claiming that he was compelled by economic necessity and the desire to protect those "most vulnerable".

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