"[I am] appalled that Ukraine’s former PM Yulia Tymoshenko was sent to a penal colony today… What’s next, hard labor?" Martens said on his Twitter page, according to a report posted on Tymoshenko’s official website on Saturday.
The EPP president also offered an assessment of the decision adopted by Kyiv’s Appeals Court, which upheld the former premier’s conviction in the gas case.
"In effect, the Ukrainian court upheld the undemocratic & politically motivated practices of the government. Pitiful…," Martens said.