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Tymoshenko, 51, the country’s top opposition leader, is serving a seven-year jail sentence on charges of abuse of office after a verdict condemned by the West as politically motivated.

Tymoshenko has a spinal hernia and suffers from constant and intense pain, according to her daughter Eugenia Tymoshenko. German doctors have concluded after examining her that she urgently needs complex treatment, which should be conducted in a specialized facility, not in prison, in observance of international standards.

Penitentiary Service spokesman Ihor Andrushko told The Associated Press that Tymoshenko has been offered medication, massages and other procedures for her condition to be administered inside the prison. He said Tymoshenko had refused the offer.

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