Yulia Tymoshenko is on hunger strike. According to a statement posted on her website, the jailed Ukrainian former prime minister stopped taking food on April 21st at a state hospital in Kharkiv. After refusing to be taken from prison to hospital until she had seen her lawyer, she was brought there by force. That much local prosecutors have admitted. But Ms Tymoshenko alleges that that force included blows to the stomach; prison officials deny any such violence.
And so a new chapter opens in the saga of Ms Tymoshenko's imprisonment and ill-health. Now back in prison after refusing treatment for her back problems, she says she will maintain her hunger strike at least until her allegations are properly investigated.
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