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U.S. Secretary of StateHillary Clinton, in a statement, said recent photos "further call into question the conditions of her confinement" and urged Ukrainian authorities to allow medical treatment and access to the U.S. ambassador.

Tymoshenko, serving a seven-year jail sentence on charges of abuse of office, has been on a hunger strike since last week after she said prison guards forced her to go to a hospital because of her long-term back problems and then beat her.

On Monday, her family said she was bruised and could not move much. They called on Ukrainian authorities to take action, citing her weak condition.

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