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In a move likely to increase tensions with the West, deputy chief prosecutor Renat Kuzmin said proceedings would begin as soon as Ms Tymoshenko’s treatment for a spinal condition was over.

The former prime minister was jailed for seven years in October for abuse of office over a gas contract she signed with Russia in 2009. The US and the EU condemned the trial as politically motivated and Ms Tymoshenko accused her bitter rival President Viktor Yanukovych of a “political lynching” to prevent her challenging him for power.

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