EU negotiators have made the release of Tymoshenko and her other jailed allies a condition for Ukraine to receive preliminary backing for its eventual membership in the 27-nation European Union.
Ukraine’s jailed ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko urged European powers to help free her country from its “dictator” President Viktor Yanukovych, speaking in an interview published yesterday.
According to ArabNews report, Tymoshenko, whose incarceration is seen by most Western powers as politically motivated, said the Ukrainian opposition and European nations must act now, ahead of Oct. 28 general elections.
“We must begin to act not after the elections but before,” Tymoshenko was quoted as saying by her lawyers, speaking with the Polish edition of Newsweek magazine.
“After the elections, it will be too late,” said Tymoshenko, who is serving seven years for abuse of power charges following a conviction last year.